The Ingenues are an 18-piece, all-women band. Dressed in matching frilly white dresses with flowers sewn on, they perform. They start with an up tempo piece featuring three brief solos. Then Frances, an accordion player, fronts the orchestra and leads them through a piece that features eight more accordions. A harp solo is followed by a cello duet. Then, more than a dozen banjos take over: after a few licks, they break into a spirited vocal of "Chasin' the Blues Away." Out come the woodwinds to join the brass and banjo in a version of "Tiger Rag." The orchestration includes bass, bassoon and kazoo. The women stand at the end. Written by
Highly entertaining early sound short from Vitaphone features The Ingenues, an all-female band doing a few numbers. This type of short was very popular and all too common during the early sound era. After all, musical performances weren't something that was possible during the silent days so a wide range of musicals were made as features and the short subjects had various groups performing for the camera. Most of these shorts just featured one camera and appeared to record everything in one take. The big difference with this short is that it's clear there are more than one cameras catching all the action and it also appears that more than one take was done so that they could get various camera shots. I really don't recall too many of these Vitaphone shorts where they'd use close ups of various band members and give the viewer a closer look at what they're actually doing. As far as the band goes, they are very good and actually make you take notice of them. The short does a very good job at grabbing your attention and add in the good music and this here is certainly one of the best of its kind.
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