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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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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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Soundtracks

Rhythm Is Our Business
(uncredited)
Music by Saul Chaplin and Jimmie Lunceford
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by male vocalist, with Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra
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What the Hell?
27 August 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I am not cursing in my summary. No, this short is about Hell and believe it or not, Vitaphone made several other shorts with similar devilish themes! Jimmie Lunceford is a long-forgotten man. He was a black man who led an orchestra of other black performers. They were a pretty good big band and the short is quite enjoyable. However, the sets and costumes are really the stars of this one! Seeing the band inside a volcano with folks dressed up as demons was definitely eye-catching! The set was actually amazingly good considering that this was a short and considering most studios never would have spent this sort of money for a film with an all-black cast. You have to hand it to Warner Brothers for having the guts and the intelligence to make such a film! You have to see this one to believe it!


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