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Woody Herman & His Orchestra (1940)

Approved  |   |  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 ...
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Lee Wiley ...
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Hal Abbott ...
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Honey Abbott ...
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Marie Hartman ...
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Reed Brown Jr. ...
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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27 July 1940 (USA)  »

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

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This film was completed in 1938, and copyrighted 27 December 1938, but not released until 27 July 1940, probably due to legal or musical entanglements. See more »

Soundtracks

Doctor Jazz
(uncredited)
Music by Joe Oliver
Lyrics by Walter Melrose
Performed by Woody Herman and His Orchestra (Woody Herman vocal)
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Enjoyable but not especially distinguished.
28 August 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of the later Vitaphone shorts--known as a "Melody Master". These later musical shorts generally were more straight forward and had simpler sets and no real story to tie it all together--just a famous band of the day doing their stuff.

This short features Woody Herman and his band. It begins with a zippy rendition of "Carolina In The Morning" sung by Herman himself. Then two girls who look like twins do a ballet-like dance that, frankly, was a bit weird...yet dull. I'd have rather just heard Herman sing another tune--which he did next with "You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby". While he didn't have a strong voice, it was smooth like glass and very pleasant. Unfortunately, once again his singing was followed by a couple jitterbuggers wearing taps. They were pretty good but I just liked the singing more. And, as the pattern continued, Herman sang another song one the dancers were finished. Overall, a pretty typical sort of short--pleasant but not a lot different from the norm.


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