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On the Air (1939)

Approved | | Short, Music | 26 June 1939 (USA)
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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Leith Stevens ...
Himself / Bandleader (as Leith Stevens and The Saturday Night Swing Club)
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Himself / Radio Program Announcer (as Melvin Allen)
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Herself / Singer
Leslie Lieber ...
Himself / Pennywhistle Player
Bobby Hackett ...
Himself / Bobby 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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Short | Music

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26 June 1939 (USA)  »

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

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1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reel #B213. See more »

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It Had to Be You
(uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Played by Les Lieber (tin whistle) with Leith Stevens and the Saturday Night Swing Club
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Nice Musical Short
15 April 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

On the Air (1939)

*** (out of 4)

Leith Stevens and The Saturday Night Swing Club get top-billing on this Warner short that clocks in right around nine minutes. As with many of these type of shorts, this one here clearly has a low budget and this hampers the visual quality of the film as the camera pretty much just sits there and records the music. With that said, the visual style isn't what draws people to these films, it's the music and that there is quite good. Stevens and his Club do the supporting work for a few other musicians including a nice "It Had to Be You" with Les Lieber using a whistle. "The Swing Session Is Called to Order" is a catchy little number by Stevens and we also get a good "The Jazz Me Blues" by Bobby Hackett and His Band. "Tea for Two" features everyone together and sends the short out on a good note. Fans of music are certainly going to be the ones who get the most kick out of this as its nice seeing what type of entertainment was going around in 1939.


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