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Ozzie Nelson & His Orchestra (1940)

Approved | | Short, Music | 29 June 1940 (USA)
Ozzie and his orchestra play a few tunes. For the list of songs, check the Soundtrack listing.




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Ozzie and his orchestra play a few tunes. For the list of songs, check the Soundtrack listing.

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Short | Music






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29 June 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Melody Masters: Ozzie Nelson & His Orchestra  »

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1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reel #B261 See more »

Crazy Credits

Ozzie Nelson is credited as Mr. Nelson by his secretary and as Ozzie by the band members. He is not credited onscreen unless you count the title. See more »


Featured in Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story (2002) See more »


Wave the Stick Blues
Written by Ozzie Nelson
Played by Ozzie Nelson and Orchestra
Sung by Ozzie Nelson
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Worth seeing just for 'Wave the Stick Blues'
28 August 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of the later Vitaphone shorts--known as a "Melody Master". These later musical shorts generally were more straight forward and had simpler sets and no real story to tie it all together--just a famous band of the day doing their stuff. In this case, Ozzie Nelson and his orchestra entertain. Yes, this is the same Ozzie Nelson who later gained fame with the show "Ozzie and Harriett".

The short consists of three songs. The first is by far the best. It's a comical song called 'Wave the Stick Blues' and Ozzie sort of sings about his difficulties throughout the day as a result of being a band leader. I say sort of sing because he really is more of less talking through the nicely rhyming lyrics as you see his frustrations acted out. It's quite cute and this song along makes the rest of it well worth seeing. As for the other two songs, they are old standards--and done reasonably well.

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