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Don Redman & His Orchestra (1934)

 -  Short | Music  -  29 December 1934 (USA)
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In a nightclub setting, Don Redman and His Orchestra perform three songs, and one number is performed by singers/tap dancers 'Red' and Struggie. (For the list of songs, check the soundtrack... See full summary »


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In a nightclub setting, Don Redman and His Orchestra perform three songs, and one number is performed by singers/tap dancers 'Red' and Struggie. (For the list of songs, check the soundtrack listing). Written by David Glagovsky <>

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Release Date:

29 December 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vitaphone Melody Master: Don Redman & His Orchestra  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Included in Warner Home Video's 2006 6-disc DVD release "The Busby Berkeley Collection". See more »


The arrow on the giant wheel changes position when the trumpet player gets up to play a solo. See more »


Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Performed by Red & Struggie (vocal, then tap dance) with Don Redman and His Orchestra
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Fun Vitaphone Short
1 May 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Don Redman & His Orchestra (1934)

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This Vitaphone short was clearly made for black audiences but seeing it today shows that the white crowds were missing one of the more entertaining musical shorts from the studio. Don Redman was a jazz musician with a very distinct sound and his energetic nature really makes this film stand out from others made around this period. "You're Blowin' Me No Good, Yeah Man, Nagasaki and Tall Man are the four numbers performed in the 9-minute short and if you're a fan of jazz then this here will be a must see. None of these four songs are very well-known today but that really doesn't matter because Redman just comes across with so much energy that you can't help but wanna get up and dance to the music. He's a short, chubby little guy but the energy coming out of him would be enough for three people his size. These Vitaphone shorts always featured low-budgets but this one here actually looks to be somewhat higher than normal for the series. The main reason to watch this is that there simply weren't too many shorts showing off black entertainers. Paramount had a good number of titles, which have been released by Kino but Vitaphone has many of theirs still in the vault. This one here is thankfully on DVD and shows up on TCM for new fans to view and enjoy.

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