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Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra (1939)

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This musical short begins with Vincent Lopez leading his orchestra in "Nola", the group's theme song. Suddenly, various musicians tell Lopez that they are tired of the theme song and refuse... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Lopez ...
Himself - Bandleader
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Herself - Singer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Lowery ...
Himself - Whistler
Vincent Lopez Orchestra ...
Themselves - Orchestra
Johnny Russell ...
Himself - Guitarist
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This musical short begins with Vincent Lopez leading his orchestra in "Nola", the group's theme song. Suddenly, various musicians tell Lopez that they are tired of the theme song and refuse to play it anymore. They sing and play other songs instead. Then the group plays familiar tunes of the day, accompanying band vocalists and virtuoso whistler Fred Lowery. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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30 September 1939 (USA)  »

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Vitaphone production reel B-228 See more »

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The name Fred Lowery is misspelled Lowry on an intertitle. See more »

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The Song of the Marines
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra
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Wacky Betty Jives!
19 July 2005 | by (Alexandria, VA, USA) – See all my reviews

Weirdly wacky--Just happened to see this ancient short, as we used to call them, on Turner Classic Movies. I missed the beginning but did manage to catch Betty's rendition of "Old Man Mose", backed by Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra, which has lyrics by LOUIS ARMSTRONG--Talk about cross cultural adventures! Although it is 1939, the jitterbuggy culture that drove GIs and their Janes up the walls a few years later, is already very much in evidence in this zoot-suit-y extravaganza! All she needed was Cab Calloway to back her up--That would have been sublime, a la Minnie the Moocher!

Betty's gown, if you can call it that, looks like a bobby soxer's dirndl gone mad! It is floor length with deep pleats and and odd peasant neckline and she does some Judy Canova/Kay Thompson/Charlotte Greenwood high side kicks in the manner of the 1930's "eccentric" dance style. Her voice is as it remained--wild and woolly! She is more an experience than a talent--but she sure "had it!"

See this antique if TCM ever shows it again! I still wish Judy Garland had completed Annie Get Your Gun instead of Betty but Betty's OOMPH is undeniable!


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