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 »
Virtuous Mabel rejects the improper advances of a villainous cad. The furious villain and his henchmen then seize Mabel and chain her to a railroad track. Mabel's anxious boyfriend turns ... See full summary »
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 »
After their state-of-the-art steamship the Gigantic sinks minutes after being launched, the MacIver brothers of Liverpool begin to plan for the future of their company. David takes a ... See full summary »
This short features clips from silent films (mostly unidentified) of the 1910's, accompanied by humorous commentary. Highlighted are early appearances of stars still recognized today (e.g., ... See full summary »
June Daily, daughter of stockbroker J. C. Daily, is engaged to father's assistant Richard Burton, but is enamored of tap-dancing elevator operator Hal Smith. J.C. has a hot tip on stock for... See full summary »
Don Redman had one of the all-time best Jazz Orchestras between 1931 and 1934...when he disbanded this band.
Prior to starting his own band, he was member of Fletcher Henderson's legendary 20's Orchestra and in 1928 Redman took over as leader and musical director of legendary McKinney's Cotton Pickers.
Henderson did not start his arranging career until about 1931, so the 1920's arrangements that influenced everybody at that time was by Don Redman. You could almost credit Redman with being the creator of the classic big band sound, since it was he who put together ensembles of horns and reeds within the framework of the 3 minute hot jazz arrangement! This is Redman's only short and it also showcases Harlan Lattimore, his band vocalist...who was known as "The Colored Bing Crosby"! Wonderful voice.
Harold Arlen's follow-up to "Stormy Weather", "Ill Wind" wasn't all that much of a hit, and for my money, the version heard in this short is the best I've ever heard. Unfortunately, Redman did not record it.
A great short....nearly worth the price of this boxed set.
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