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Red Nichols & His World Famous Pennies (1936)



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Complete credited cast:
Red Nichols ...
Himself - Band Leader
The Five Pennies ...
The Wallace Sisters ...
Themselves - Vocalist Trio
Bob Carter ...
Himself - Singer
Red & Struggie ...
Themselves - Dancers


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Release Date:

4 January 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Melody Masters (1935-1936 season) #5: Red Nichols & His World Famous Pennies  »

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1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reel #1898. See more »


Carolina in the Morning
(1922) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Performed by Red Nichols & His World Famous Pennies
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I suggest you first have a few beers and try to relax...THEN watch this short. If that doesn't work, try more beer!
24 August 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Red Nichols & His World Famous Pennies" aren't exactly a household name today, but they are featured in this obscure Vitaphone short. It begins with a lady at a nickelodeon putting coins in the machines and cranking them. What's weird is that music, too, comes out of them and each time she goes to a different machine, it's a way of introducing the next musical number. The idea is pretty clever. Unfortunately, most of the songs are pretty poor. One in particular, however, is a standout. The song "Sleepy Time Down South" is amazing and a product of its time. The song is a very patronizing song in which blacks are called 'darkies' and words like 'mammy' abound. It is bound to make more than a few folks mad if they see it today. As for me, I just found it a bit distasteful and dated. Too bad you would probably get fired for showing this to school kids--it is a great illustration of how far we've come as a society and I would love kids to see what was very acceptable not all that long ago. And, you really DON'T have to follow my advice in the summary...but then again, you could!

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