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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On a lark, I recently picked up a six DVD set of Vitaphone shorts that feature jazz and big band music. "The Audition" is about average for them but stands out a bit because of the amazing dance routine of Larry & Larry.
The super-thin plot involves some musical folks supposedly trying out for some big-wig. The music is provided by Phil Emerton's band. You get to see and hear Hannah Williams sing "Get Happy", a song about showboats (which is okay) by the Three X Sisters as well as watch Larry & Larry dance a number that literally looks like you merged tap-dancing with 1980s break-dancing! Many of their moves surprised me, as this seemed decades too early for such dancing. I also liked how they performed this on a wooden floor covered in dirt, as by the time they were finished, they'd gotten progressively dirtier! Pretty wild stuff.
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