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Henry Busse and His Orchestra (1940)

Approved | | Short, Music | 30 November 1940 (USA)
This one-reel musical short, part of the WB/Vitaphone Melody Master series, features the music of trumpet-player and orchestra leader Henry Busse and his Orchestra, playing their own ... See full summary »

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This one-reel musical short, part of the WB/Vitaphone Melody Master series, features the music of trumpet-player and orchestra leader Henry Busse and his Orchestra, playing their own arrangements of various popular songs of the time...or in the Warners' song library. Those include "Wang Wang Blues," "Hot Lips" and "Along the Santa Fe Trail." Re-released by Warners in 1948. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Vitaphone release #141A. See more »

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Hot Lips
Written by Henry Busse, Henry Lange and Lou Davis (uncredited)
Performed by Henry Busse and His Orchestra
Sung by unidentified male quartet
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Decent Short
1 May 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Henry Busse & His Orchestra (1940)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Here's another entry in the Warner/Vitaphone series that took popular musicians and put them in front of a camera. This time it's Henry Busse, a well-known musician from the 1920s onward who offers up a couple of his own tunes (Wang-Wang Blues, Hot Lips) as well as a couple covers (Along the Santa Fe Trail, Huckleberry Duck). For the most part I found this to be entertaining even if I wasn't completely blown away by any of the numbers. At just 9-minutes the film is too short to really be boring and as I said, the songs are good enough to at least keep you entertained. The highlight music wise was clearly Huckleberry Duck, which really jumped off the screen and certainly delivered the true meaning of jive. Director Jean Negulesco appears to have spent a little more time on this one compared to others in the series as there are several stylish shots where Busse is leading his band while the band themselves only appear as shadows on the walls. This certainly wasn't ground-breaking but it added a nice touch to the music.


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