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Jimmie Lunceford and His Dance Orchestra (1936)

Approved | | Short, Music, Musical | 19 December 1936 (USA)

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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 »

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Jimmie Lunceford ...
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Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra ...
Themselves
The Three Brown Jacks ...
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Myra Taylor ...
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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19 December 1936 (USA)  »

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Melody Masters (1936-1937 season) #6: Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra  »

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Included on the 2005 Warner DVD of Follow the Fleet (1936). See more »

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Willie 'The Lion' Smith, Himself: [singing] The way they can entertain, Would hurry a hurricane back in Nagasaki Where the fellers chew tobaccy, And the women wicky-wacky-woo...
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You Can't Pull the Wool Over My Eyes
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Written by Milton Ager, Charles Newman, and Murray Mencher
Performed by Myra Johnson with Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra
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Some Good Music and Dancing
1 January 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Jimmie Lunceford And His Dance Orchestra (1938)

*** (out of 4)

Another in Warner's long-running series of shorts that would take a look at (then) current big bands. As usual, we don't get anything too fancy visually but that's made up for in some great music. I'm not sure how many people have heard of Jimmie Lunceford, I know I hadn't, but this is a very good short that contains some great music and dancing. I was a little bummed out to see that Lunceford didn't make any more of these shorts, which is a shame but at least what we have here is entertaining. The most interesting and entertainment segment of the short belongs to The Three Brown Jacks doing some great dance moves. "Rhythm Is Our Business", apparently the band's biggest hit, kicks the short off and things never slow down for the ten-minutes. Myra Johnson sings "You Can't Pull the Wool Over My Eyes", which is another winner.


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