An elderly barber shop owner wins a sweepstake and uses the winnings to elaborately remodel his run-down shop. For in-house entertainment he hires his musician friends as the jazz orchestra and the four shoeshiners are skilled tap dancers.
Claude Hopkins & Orchestra,
On a set resembling a yacht, Roger Wolfe Kahn leads his orchestra in several popular tunes of the day. Billed and un-billed guest acts also perform. At the end, Kahn thrills his guests by piloting a biplane.
Roger Wolfe Kahn,
Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra,
Hal LeRoy is hired as a tap teacher at Dawn O'Day's dancing school to give private lessons to female students. The school's manager, as well as some of his students, spreads false stories ... See full summary »
A performance film showing Arnheim and his tuxedo-clad musicians playing their instruments, facing the viewer. Two cameras are used, one taking a long view of the band, the other, medium close ups of the men as they do their various solos.
Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra,
Louis Prima and a quintet play on a low stage in front of an audience at tables. They open with "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans," then Shirley Lloyd joins them to sing "I Can't Give You Anything But Love." They do a quick "If She Loves Me," with Prima singing. Then, from one of the tables in the audience, Ted Gary sings "You're an Education" to Mitzi Dahl, then the two of them tap dance. The band finishes with an up-tempo version of "Loch Lomond," and the audience hits the dance floor. The quintet includes clarinet, piano, guitar, bass, and a drummer who also plays vibraphone, with Louis Prima on trumpet. Written by
Louis Prima, Himself:
You take the high road and I'll take the low road, And I'll be in Scotland afore ya; Where me and my true love will never meet again, On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond...
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This is a short from Vitaphone and it can be found on the "Warner Brothers Big Band, Jazz & Swing" DVD collection. This set consists of six DVDs and almost 11 hours of shorts! If you don't know who Louis Prima was, you have probably heard him sing before. In Disney's "The Jungle Book" he played King Louis and showed off his singing talents in "I Want To Be Like You". And, if you've seen the film "Big Night", Prima is the big guest that Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub are working so hard to impress--and you never actually get to see Prima in this film.
Much of the short consists of the band leader, Prima, singing. And like his usual style, it's very fast yet smooth. With "Loch Lomond", it's actually a bit frenetic--and the dancers nearly pass out trying to keep up with the crazy jazz. In addition to Prima singing, you've got two of the strangest dancers I've ever seen. This is NOT meant as an insult--it's just that the man and woman have a crazy good style that surprised me. You just have to see it to know what I mean. Overall, quite simple in style but very enjoyable.
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