Artie Shaw and his big band do four numbers, a lyric "Alone Together," "Jeepers Creepers" with vocals by Tony Pastor, "Deep Purple" sung by Helen Forrest, and a swinging "Lady Be Good." Shaw leads the band and gets in a few licks on his clarinet. The cinematography and editing include arty angled shots of the band and, for "Lady Be Good," double exposure of the band superimposed on a dance floor of young people. Written by
Vitaphone short gives a glimpse of Artie Shaw and his band...
Actually, this Artie Shaw band sounds like many other big bands of that era with nothing to really give it a distinct sound--at least not in the same way as the Glenn Miller orchestra.
But he does a good job on a few oldies like "Deep Purple" (sung by Helen Forrest), "Lady Be Good" and "Jeepers Creepers," all done in swing fashion with good photography concentrating on the band members rather than Shaw himself.
It's a lively ten minutes of band music, a Vitaphone short that was used to round out a double feature program in the '30s when going to the movies meant newsreels, cartoon shorts and musical "brevities."
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