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...
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Basically this is a commercial for Hollywood's Lido Lounge and for MGM contract players. The Lido is a large watering hole; we visit one afternoon with an orchestra playing, all sorts of ... See full summary »
Three Radio Rogues,
Chimney sweeps Stanley and Oliver go about their job, reducing Professor Noodle's living room to a shambles in the process, while the mad doctor works in his laboratory perfecting his "... See full summary »
During the American Civil War, General Ulysses Grant carries out the 'Tennessee Plan,' which involves stopping the Confederate supply line on the Tennessee River. This proved to be a vital ... See full summary »
When Joe Doakes listens to a quiz show on the radio and knows all the answers, his wife encourages him to go on a quiz show himself. He appears on a new show called "Why Daddy?", where a ... See full summary »
This short is a report of an expedition, led by Harold Austin, to Mexico's Tiburón Island in the Gulf of California. Austin was in search of the Seri Indians, who were believed to be a ... See full summary »
Narrator John Nesbitt laments the disappearance of the rural one-room schoolhouse in America. He reminisces about his own days as a student in such a school and how his teacher, Miss ... See full summary »
This musical short obviously marketed for a black audience in mind featured one of the finest jazz bands of the early Thirties. Black orchestras like Redman were playing hot jazz back in the day, but in the white world it was the era of sweet music in the early thirties. The swing era was just around the corner when both styles would fuse.
Redman to me came across as a synthesis of Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway. He was a little roly poly guy with the same type of performing charisma as Calloway. Unfortunately he disbanded his orchestra within a year of this short and today is sadly forgotten.
This short will help us a remember a very talented guy.
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