In rhyme, a soapbox preacher, Mr. Blue Laws, enlists Mr. Public Opinion in the efforts of the Society for the Prevention of Jazz. Armed with an ax and a buckshot-shooting pistol, the two of... See full summary »
In rhyme, a soapbox preacher, Mr. Blue Laws, enlists Mr. Public Opinion in the efforts of the Society for the Prevention of Jazz. Armed with an ax and a buckshot-shooting pistol, the two of them interrupt Ted Fiorito and his jazz orchestra (and showgirls). The lads head for the woods, where Ted convinces them to stand their ground. They're joined by their songstress who says it may be their last day on earth, so sing the blues for all they're worth. Then the dancers arrive to report they barely got away, and it's time for a final strut. Public Opinion brings a death sentence. Is there no appeal? Written by
The title is an obvious take on WHAT PRICE GLORY but that's the only connection between this and the silent film. What we basically got is a cry for understanding as we see a group of jazz performances and then we're introduced to an evil white man who thinks jazz is evil for people and wants it banned. There are some rather clever touches in this short including naming the bad guy Mr. Public Opinion since he speaks for everyone. I thought the way the short made fun of the man trying to make up the minds of everyone was well-done and in some pre-code glory he's finally busted once some sexuality of the jazz pulls him in. The jazz and dance sequences aren't the greatest the genre has to offer up and I think it's fair to say that if they really wanted to win people over that perhaps some better song selections should have happened. Still, the film is quite charming in its own way and fans of shorts should find it entertaining.
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