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Gus Arnheim and His Ambassadors (1928)

Pianist Gus Arnheim leads his orchestra in several popular tunes.
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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.

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Gus Arnheim and His Cocoanut Grove Ambassadors ...
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Gus Arnheim ...
Himself - Orchestra Leader
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The room looks like a lavish nightclub. The Ambassadors, a 15-piece band dressed in tuxedos, play three numbers: "Nobody But You," "That Reminds Me of You," and a jazzy rag. Gus Arnheim is at the piano, his direction is understated. Occasionally, a trio of musicians sings a few bars with light voices. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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23 July 1928 (USA)  »

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Vitaphone Varieties: Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra  »

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Vitaphone production reel #2585. A Vitaphone Variety. See more »

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I Ain't Got Nobody Much (and Nobody Cares for Me)
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Music by Spencer Williams
Lyrics by Roger Graham
Performed by Gus Arnheim and His Cocoanut Grove Ambassadors
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A pleasant and typical Vitaphone short
23 January 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

An early Vitaphone film, this Warner Brothers short apparently was one created using a very complicated system through which an accompanying record was synchronized with a movie camera. There were several serious setbacks for such a system (such as if a film skipped--it became out of sync for the rest of the film plus the records quickly wore out--and 20 showings was the normal life-span of the records) and even though it produced excellent sound, it was eventually replaced. The last of the Vitaphone films were made in 1930, then the studio switched to the standard sound-on-film system.

Gus Arnheim and his Ambassadors were pretty typical of the talent Vitaphone used for its shorts. This band had achieved some fame and were asked to perform for Warner Brothers in this short. It's an all musical short--with no dialog. The quality and style of the music is about average for the day and the singing, while a bit thin, was pretty much what I've seen in many other similar films of the day. Overall, it's pleasant and inoffensive as well as an important historical document of a bygone era.


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