George Hall and his orchestra couldn't find a hotel in the city where they are scheduled to appear, so they break into the basement of the theater in which they will perform the next day. ... See full summary »
George Hall and his orchestra couldn't find a hotel in the city where they are scheduled to appear, so they break into the basement of the theater in which they will perform the next day. They rehearse some musical numbers, and other songs are performed in dream sequences. Written by
David Glagovsky <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This is a Vitaphone musical short--and Warner Brothers made a ton of these in the 1930s. It features George Hall and His Orchestra--who I assume are pretty much forgotten today. I am no expert on this but can't recall them.
The film starts with the band arriving late and not having any place to stay. So, they break into the club where they are going to perform. Once there, a lady with the band decides to sing (is this lady biracial--she sure looks like it--though back then something like this was pretty much unthinkable). Then, out of the blue, a poor black guy (basically a Stepin Fetchit sort of horribly stereotyped character) wanders in, so they do what any red-blooded American would do--scare the crap out of him by having one of the band members dress up like a skeleton. While this is woefully unfunny and plays into a nasty racist stereotype, it was unfortunately the sort of thing average folks thought was funny--laughing at blacks getting scared (and acting ridiculously scared at that). It's a sad thing as this is all that really stood out for me in this film.
Is the singer light-skinned black lady? Steppin fetchit sort of black guy wanders in for some nice old fashioned racist fun--with skeleton.
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