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Phil Emerton's Band plays for booker Mr. Rogers, who gives Phil some ideas for staging the numbers. Hannah Williams joins in with songs and ideas for a Southern levee sequence. After numbers by The Three X Sisters and the tap team of Larry & Larry, Mr. Rogers realizes he has mistaken Phil Emerton's Band for the Royal Acadians. Written by
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Hannah Williams Jazz Songbird is the reason to see this short!
I can't believe there are no comments on this short. This short by far is one of the best that you'll ever see, 9 minutes of non stop entertainment. Hannah Williams steals this short. She's a awesome singer of jazz with a vivacious personality that really makes you watch and listen to her. You can't take your eyes off of her the whole time she's performing. I can't believe she didn't become one of the more popular, remembered singers/performers. I've listen to most of the black and white singers of the 30's and I have to say the ones who are remembered Hannah is as good as and this short alone proves it. Hannah sings one of Judy Garland's famed songs "Get Happy" and I have to say Hannah makes that her song too. Other entertainers in the short are The Three X Sisters and they sing "Here Comes The Showboat" I think their a black female group but not sure but their really good, then Larry Larry, an acrobatic/tap dance team ends this great short with some excellent dancing. Not much of a story in this short, of course like many shorts, just a reason to see great entertainment from a bygone era.
One of the reasons I love shorts is because to be honest I get to discover talents that I've never heard of and can't see or hear anywhere else. Many of the talents in these Vitaphone shorts were popular in their time but didn't have longevity fame, most didn't become legends, but thanks to these shorts their talent lives on.
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