When a porter is hospitalized with a berth mark (putting his head in the wrong berth), the Benevolent Protective Society calls on the Black Knights of the Red Cap to do a show to raise money. A grand dress rehearsal in the high-ceilinged station starts at 4 a.m. An 11-piece band plays an up-tempo piece, followed by two tap dancing numbers: couples perform and give way to dancing red caps, then the men dance an even faster one with athleticism and acrobatics. A woman seated with her luggage sings the blues, followed by a male dancer who uses a jump rope, and a finale with a chorus line of maids in uniform and couples dancing. Board the Tropical Express and the Sunshine Limited. Written by
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According to the book _Jazz on Film and Video in the Library of Congress_, "Identified musicians include Wayman Carver, Sid Catlett, Leonard Davis, Roy Eldredge (predating his recording career by four years), Dick Fulbright, Otto Hardwick, Rod Harlan, Don Kirkpatrick, Al Sears, Elmer Snowden (his only film appearance), George Washington, and Dicky Wells." See more
Bugle Call Rag
Written by Jack Pettis
, Billy Meyers
, and Elmer Schoebel
Performed by Small's Paradise Entertainers See more