After a career in his native Cuba as a singing orchestra leader, and a few film roles in the USA as both, this Melody Master short has him once again as a singing orchestra leader. This ... See full summary »
After a career in his native Cuba as a singing orchestra leader, and a few film roles in the USA as both, this Melody Master short has him once again as a singing orchestra leader. This not-new orchestra-leader gig opens with "Pin Marin" and concludes with "Babalu", with Arnaz singing and playing the tom-toms. Band vocalist Amanda Lee slips in-between and sings "Easy Street." Written by
This is one of the newest of the Vitaphone shorts--known as a "Melody Master". These later musical shorts generally had been more straight forward and had simpler sets and no real story to tie it all together--just a famous band of the day doing their stuff. However, starting during the war years these shorts began to have a narrator and purported to give a bit of background on the band leader. Sadly, however, for some reason there was very little narration and no real background information on him--nor any mention of his marriage to Lucille Ball.
Desiderio Alberto Arnaz ye de Acha the Third was quite enjoyable throughout this short. Not surprisingly, he sang "Babalu"--and it was a real show-stopper. In fact, he looked a bit crazed as he belted out the song--with his hair flying about wildly. This short, overall, was a nice stylistic departure for the series, as Latino bands were rarely part of the series. In some ways, it reminded me of watching the "I Love Lucy" show--as he often performed numbers here and there during the course of the series. Overall, one of the more exciting shorts in the latter part of the Vitaphone series--full of energy and easy to like.
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