On a set resembling a yacht, Roger Wolfe Kahn leads his orchestra in several popular tunes of the day. Billed and un-billed guest acts also perform. At the end, Kahn thrills his guests by piloting a biplane.
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This entry in James A. FitzPatrick's Traveltalks series looks at Czechoslovakia, before World War II, including images of bridges, churches, and castles in Prague, with a non-military parade through the city.
It's daytime. Roger Wolfe Kahn and his orchestra perform for an audience of swells seated on the deck of a yacht. The orchestra plays several numbers, Gertrude Niesen sings, Melissa Mason does her loose-limbed dance, a handful of singers dressed as sailors and crewmen perform, then, in the sky, a barnstormer pilots a biplane through some loop de loops while the music plays and the audience gazes. Written by
With music provided by Roger Wolfe Kahn & His Orchestra, THE YACHT PARTY provides some snappy music for a few idle rich guests.
Without enough plot to hang a yachtsman's hat on, this short film is simply an excuse for a few minutes of silly songs. Highlights are comic singer Gertrude Niesen's impersonation of Lyda Roberti and incredibly double-jointed Melissa Mason performing a solo dance in which she does things with her legs which scarcely seem human. Rich kid Kahn produces some enjoyable music; the final moments, in which he supposedly conducts his orchestra from a biplane, presages his eventual career change to airplane design & testing. Music mavens will spot an unbilled Artie Shaw playing the clarinet.
Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something akin to writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget & schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the Studios' feature films.
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