In Hell, Satan appears to tell us that rhythm is coming to life again, then we're taken to a sound stage where Jimmie Lunceford conducts his dance orchestra. He's in black tie and a tuxedo ... See full summary »
In Hell, Satan appears to tell us that rhythm is coming to life again, then we're taken to a sound stage where Jimmie Lunceford conducts his dance orchestra. He's in black tie and a tuxedo of white tales and black trousers. He announces that rhythm is our business, and that's the orchestra's first number, with vocal, sax, bass, and trumpet solos. Myra Johnson sings "You Can't Pull the Wool Over My Eyes" in her animated style, the Three Brown Jacks tap dance, and the short closes with two up-tempo numbers with two sax players tap dancing and the horn players taking off their tux coats to start a make-shift percussion section. Written by
This is another one of those 10-mintue features that plugs a band during its era. These were somewhat prevalent as extras to the movies playing in the 1930s. Here we get to see and hear the talents of Jimmy Lunceford and His Dance Orchstera, along with The Three Brown Jacks and Myra Johnson.
'Rhythm is our business," announces Lunceford, so his big band plays some pretty up tempo stuff, which is fun to hear. In fact, this is - by far - the best of these short features I've seen because these guys have life to them. As kids would say today: they rock! In here are some great sax and trumpet solos, a colorful band that is having a lot of fun as they play and just a lot of foot-stomping feel-good music.
Being a fan of tap dancing, I really enjoyed The Three Brown Jacks but I think I had the most fun just watching the members of band.
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