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Frances Carroll & 'The Coquettes' (1940)

Passed  -  Short | Music  -  17 February 1940 (USA)
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Bandleader Carroll leads The Coquettes, an all-female band, in several swing tunes.


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Complete credited cast:
Frances Carroll ...
Frances Carroll - Band Leader / Singer
Eunice Healey ...
Eunice Healey - Tap Dancer
Viola Smith ...
Viola Smith - Band Drummer


In this pre-war short, and there were many all-girl bands in the 1930s. However Frances Carroll and her all-girl orchestra, the Coquettes, play several numbers, with Miss Carroll on the vocals, using a bandstand setting. Drummer Viola Smith does a special turn, and there is a tap-dance by Eunice Healy. Written by Les Adams <>

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17 February 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Melody Masters (1939-1940 season) #5: Frances Carroll and the Coquettes  »

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Vitaphone production reel #B220. See more »


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Snake Charmer
Written by Teddy Powell and Leonard Whitcup
Performed by Frances Carroll and The Coquettes (drum solo by Viola Smith)
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Fast and toe-tapping.
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.

"Frances Carroll & 'The Coquettes'" is a very unusual short because it's the only one I've seen featuring an all-girl band. I am sure Vitaphone might have made more films like this, it's not the only one in the mega-set (with 11 hours of their musical shorts) with a ladies' band--there's also "Rita Rio and Her Orchestra"--one that is later on this same disc.

The short features singing and dancing by the elegant Carroll, a wild drum solo and some tap dancing that was fused with ballet by Eunice Healy. It's interesting that unlike her male counterparts, Carroll seemed to be selling sex, as the way she danced about while the band played was nothing like what you'd see the guys doing with their bands. But, even without this, her band was quite good--and very intense. I liked their fast swing style--it was very catchy and toe-tapping.

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