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Cast overview:
Lee Morse
Leo Donnelly


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Musical | Short





Release Date:

June 1930 (USA)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone Production Reel #1004. See more »


Get Happy
Music by Harold Arlen
Played during the opening credits
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I hope you like the voice of Lee Morse...I just didn't get it.
23 January 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I recent watched a bunch of Vitaphone's experimental films that were included in the 3-disk set for "The Jazz Singer" and found I really liked these old musical shorts. So, I checked online and found a few of them posted and gave them a look. Unlike the ones on the DVDs, the ones floating around the web have pretty horrid sound and picture--like they badly needed restoration. The fact, though, that any exist out there is pretty amazing as the sound was stored separately on a record that tended to degrade fast (only about 20 playings) and the nitrate film was highly combustible and degrades over time. So the condition of THE MUSIC RACKET is certainly understandable. By the way, 1930 was the last year this odd sound system was used by the studio--switching to the easier to use sound-on-film system.

In this case, Lee Morse sings with a very unusual style. Her voice sounds almost like Ethel Waters AND a yodeling cowboy singer combined! The overall effect is unique...though also very unpleasant. She sings a couple numbers--one while a group of black kids dance about. Perhaps this film is important historically but that's about all it has going for it.

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