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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Complete credited cast:
Roger Wolfe Kahn ...
Roger Wolfe Kahn - Orchestra Leader
Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra ...
The Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra
Gertrude Nissen (as Gertrude Nissen)
Melissa Mason ...


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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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29 September 1932 (USA)  »

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Melody Masters (1932-1933 season) #4: The Yacht Party  »

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Vitaphone production reel #1457. See more »


Crazy Rhythm
Music by Joseph Meyer and Roger Wolfe Kahn
Performed by Roger Wolfe Kahn & Orchestra
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Silliness At Sea
14 September 2002 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A Warner Brothers Vitaphone Short Subject.

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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