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Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra (1939)

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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Vincent Lopez ...
Himself - Vincent Lopez - Bandleader
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Herself - Betty Hutton - Singer
Vincent Lopez Orchestra ...
Themselves - Orchestra
Fred Lowery ...
Himself - Whistler
Johnny Russell ...
Himself - Guitarist
The Four Horsemen ...
Themselves - Vocal Quartette
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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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Melody Masters (1939-1940 season) #2: Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra  »

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Vitaphone production reel B228. See more »

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The mayor complains in a phone call that her office doesn't even have a mirror, but seconds later, she and her aides leave the office, passing in front of a huge mirror. See more »

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Edited into Headline Bands (1946) See more »

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Listen to the Mockingbird
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Milburn
Performed briefly by Fred Lowery, with Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra
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Lopez Speaking
12 October 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The very earliest listeners of radio as it became a universal medium heard the words 'Lopez Speaking' and that meant that one of the first musical programs on radio was being broadcast and heard. Vincent Lopez was one of the first if not the first to realize the potential of radio for publicizing his orchestra. As a result he got a jump on all other bands in the Twenties save Paul Whiteman.

By 1939 though his kind of music was taking a back seat to folks like Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and the Dorsey Brothers, but Lopez was still popular enough. This musical short gives you an idea of he was all about.

In fact the 'plot' of this musical short have his musicians revolting from playing their long established sweet theme of Nola and now wanting to get in the groove with some of the latest popular tunes.

Highlighting all of this Lopez's new discovery Betty Hutton who shows early on the raucous style that made her popular in the Forties. No doubt she was going to be a star. She breaks it up with Old Man Mose even flapping her generally unflappable boss.

Nice musical short with a future star in it.


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