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The Yacht Party (1932)

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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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Roger Wolfe Kahn & Orchestra ...
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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29 September 1932 (USA)  »

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Music by Harry Akst
Performed by Melissa Mason (dance number) with 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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