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Woody Herman & His Orchestra (1940)

 -  Short | Music  -  27 July 1940 (USA)
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Woody Herman's orchestra plays five tunes, and guest performers sing and dance.


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Woody Herman and his big band play on a stage in front of a theater audience. Herman leads the band, sings, and takes a few clarinet solos. Herman and the band do "Carolina in the Morning," "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby," and "Doctor Jazz." Between the songs are two dance numbers. In the first, "Two Little Girls in One," Lee Wiley and Marie Hartman, looking like twins, dance as if they are one dancer and her mirrored reflection. In the second, "Jail House Blues," Hal and Honey Abbott tap to a fast beat, doing a version of the Lindy that morphs into more comic turns. The audience applauds each number. Written by <>

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27 July 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Melody Masters (1939-1940) #10: Woody Herman & His Orchestra  »

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Vitaphone production reel #B209. See more »


Doctor Jazz
Music by Joe Oliver
Lyrics by Walter Melrose
Performed by Woody Herman and His Orchestra (Woody Herman vocal)
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Typical '30s-style band leader Vitaphone short from Warner Bros...
6 October 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Just about every popular band during the '30s and '40s had their own short subject and this one is dedicated to Woody Herman and his Orchestra.

He and his band give the swing treatment to a number of oldies, beginning with "Carolina in the Morning" which he sings, a tricky dance number with two sisters doing "Two Little Girls In One" as a mirror act, his rendition of "You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby" (which Dick Powell crooned to Olivia de Havilland in "Hard to Get"), and two more swing renditions of "Jail House Blues" and "Hello Central."

Summing up: Not much style to praise here. It's a simple band act before an audience that looks as though it were dressed up for a concert at Lincoln Center.

Strictly for curious interest in the '30s band era, which looks mighty dated in this particular outing.

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