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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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
In medieval times Roger Wolfe Kahn would have been called a Renaissance man. Son of banker Otto Kahn he was a child of privilege and got a privileged education to match. He did not enter his father's field but the yacht setting for this short subject certainly reflects his background.
Kahn had two passions, music and aviation. He led a society band during the 20s and 30s and among other hits he had we hear Crazy Rhythm on this short. We also hear Gertrude Niesen sing and the amazing rubber legged Melissa Mason dance.
Kahn himself must have insisted on flying that biplane away on an exit. That's really him doing it. He was a test pilot for Grumman in the upcoming war.
30s music at its best.
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