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26 December 1942 (USA) See more »
Borrah Minnevitch and His Rascals play popular songs on their harmonicas. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Borrah Minevitch ... Himself
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Borrah Minevitch and His Harmonica Rascals ... Band (uncredited)
Leo Diamond ... Member, Harmonica Rascals (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Negulesco 
Cinematography by
Ted D. McCord  (as Ted McCord)
Film Editing by
Doug Gould 
Art Direction by
Charles Novi 
Sound Department
Charles David Forrest .... sound (as Dave Forest)
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Additional Details

10 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Included as a theatrical short with the film Desperate Journey in 1942.See more »
Begin the BeguineSee more »


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Amusing Novelty, 24 March 2007
Author: boblipton from New York City

I've enjoyed some pretty strange musical novelty acts over the years, from the South Minneapolis Bassoon Quartet to Peter Schickele's annual presentation of P.D.Q. Bach, but this short about an all-harmonica orchestra, is a pip! Dozens of harmonicas from tiny ones that a baby could swallow through triplex monsters a foot in length provide a lot of variation and a surprisingly full sound.

Visually, director Negulesco shows his usual flair, filling the numbers with blackout productions and a snappy dance to "Begin the Beguine" -- no Artie Shaw, but quite good. and a lot of his signature silhouette shots. Also, notice the way he takes care to shoot the harmonicas to emphasize hand movements.

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