Rose Marie, aged five or six, sings three numbers in the Vitaphone sound stage decorated as an elegant drawing room. "Heigh Ho, Everybody, Heigh Ho," "Who Wouldn't Be Jealous of You," and "... See full summary »
The curtain opens; behind it are two pianos where Charles Bourne and Phil Ellis, billed as the Music Boxes, are seated playing. After a few bars, Blossom Seeley and Bennie Fields enter - ... See full summary »
In Hell, Satan appears to tell us that rhythm is coming to life again, then we're taken to a sound stage where Jimmie Lunceford conducts his dance orchestra. He's in black tie and a tuxedo ... See full summary »
Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra,
The Three Brown Jacks
June Daily, daughter of stockbroker J. C. Daily, is engaged to father's assistant Richard Burton, but is enamored of tap-dancing elevator operator Hal Smith. J.C. has a hot tip on stock for... See full summary »
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
The Band Beautiful was another Vitaphone short I highly enjoyed on The Jazz Singer DVD
This was another musical short from the Vitaphone division of Warner Bros. I discovered on The Jazz Singer DVD. It starred an all-female band called The Ingenues playing various instruments with many playing the banjos and harmonicas. They also sang the Irving Berlin number "Shaking the Blues Away" though their voices weren't very clear next to the loud instruments playing. They also played "Tiger Rag" which is very well-known here as the theme of the LSU Tigers' football and basketball teams. I really enjoyed this one and since this review needs ten lines for submission, I'll also say there hasn't been a Vitaphone short included in the disc I haven't enjoyed yet. So on that note, I highly recommend The Band Beautiful.
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