A Warners/Vitaphone short that proves the Vitaphone shorts operation in New York was every bit as capable of making just as bad short subjects as those churned out by Educational Pictures. ... 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
On a set resembling a yacht, Roger Wolfe Kahn leads his orchestra in several popular tunes of the day. Billed and un-billed guest acts also perform. At the end, Kahn thrills his guests by piloting a biplane.
Roger Wolfe Kahn,
Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra,
An elderly barber shop owner wins a sweepstake and uses the winnings to elaborately remodel his run-down shop. For in-house entertainment he hires his musician friends as the jazz orchestra and the four shoeshiners are skilled tap dancers.
Claude Hopkins & Orchestra,
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.
Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra,
Black vaudeville acts are featured in this Vitaphone Pepper Pot short. In addition to those listed in the credits, acts include The 3 Whippets, a group of acrobats; and The Five Racketeers,... See full summary »
The Nicholas Brothers,
The 3 Whippets
Fatty invents a liquid with flubber-like properties which makes objects resilient and unbreakable. Unfortunately, in his rush to get out of the house to demonstrate his invention, he ... See full summary »
Alfred J. Goulding
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle,
Al St. John,
Harry Reser leading his small orchestra, who are dressed in Eskimo attire, are the centerpiece of a musical comedy revue with an Eskimo theme. After a few numbers by Reser and the orchestra, Lynn Gordon, The Modernaires and The Three Yates Sisters, backed by Reser and the orchestra, take center stage for the number "You Hit the Spot". Then Reser ends the program with his banjo solo, once again backed by the orchestra. Written by
If you watch Turner Classic Movies enough then you know that various Warner/Vitaphone shorts usually show up at least twice a week. These one-reelers usually lasted under ten-minutes and today are a great reminder of what music use to be liked back in the day. If you've seen enough of these things you know that the studio was usually pretty good coming up with fresh ideas for stories and this one here is certainly original as Harry Reser and his band are inside an igloo where the band members are dressed up as Eskimos. 'You Hit the Spot' is without question the highlight of the short as we get Reser doing a terrific number but there's also The Modernaires doing the vocals and The Three Yates Sisters doing a very good tap dance. Another great number is 'Tiger Rag' which we hear at the very end. All the numbers performed are of a very high quality and even if you're not familiar with this type of music it's certainly good enough to where your feet should be wanting to dance along. The production values are actually quite high here as it seems like the studio spent a few extra dollars trying to make everything look as good as they could.
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