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On the Air (1939)

 -  Short | Music  -  26 June 1939 (USA)
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The setting is a radio broadcast with the bands of Leith Stevens and Bobby Hackett, the vocals by Nan Wynn and a speciality bit by Leslie Lieber playing a toy whistle. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Leith Stevens ...
Himself / Bandleader (as Leith Stevens and The Saturday Night Swing Club)
Mel Allen ...
Radio Program Announcer (as Melvin Allen)
Nan Wynn ...
Herself / Singer
Leslie Lieber ...
Himself / Pennywhistle Player
Bobby Hackett ...
HimselfBobby Hackett (as Bobby Hackett & Band)
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The setting is a radio broadcast with the bands of Leith Stevens and Bobby Hackett, the vocals by Nan Wynn and a speciality bit by Leslie Lieber playing a toy whistle. Future-and-long-time-voice of the New York Yankees baseball team, Mel Allen (as Melvin Allen), served as the announcer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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announcer | radio | whistle | band | orchestra | See more »

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Short | Music

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26 June 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Melody Masters (1938-1939 season) #15: On the Air  »

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Vitaphone production reel #B213. See more »

Soundtracks

The Swing Session Is Called to Order
(uncreditd)
Music by Larry Clinton
Played by Leith Stevens and the Saturday Night Swing Club
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Pretty Good
15 April 2012 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I don't think I've ever heard of Leith Stevens, even though his IMDb credits show him with a lot of excellent credits, including music supervision on "Mannix" and "Mission Impossible" -- two TV shows with the most memorable music tracks outside of "Peter Gunn".

The short is simply set up and fairly typical for the music shorts of the era. The music shows a wide range of styles, including Big Band swing, a novelty version of "It Had to Be You" with a pennywhistle solo, a Dixie-style number, a ballad and a reprise of swing with "Tea for Two". The solos aren't much to write home about, but orchestration pulls out all the stops and the rapid cutting pushes it right along.


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