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Jan Savitt and His Band (1946)

Approved | | Short, Music | 16 March 1946 (USA)
This "Melody Masters" short traces Jan Savitt's career from first violinist in a symphony orchestra to leader of a top-rated jazz and recording outfit. It features the Jan Savitt Band and ... See full summary »

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Jan Savitt ...
Himself - Band Leader
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Himself - Singer (as Bob Arthur)
The Lipham Children ...
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Shirley Van ...
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Helen Warren ...
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This "Melody Masters" short traces Jan Savitt's career from first violinist in a symphony orchestra to leader of a top-rated jazz and recording outfit. It features the Jan Savitt Band and vocalists Shirley Van, Bob Arthur and Helen Warren. Savitt and band accompany while an acrobatic act known as the Lipham Children do their stuff, and some bathing Beauties show up in the beach scene. Songs include "Some Sunday Morning", "Too Marvelous for Words", Dearest Darling" and "I'll Always Love You." Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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16 March 1946 (USA)  »

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Vitaphone Melody Master: Jan Savitt and His Band  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Found as an additional feature on the DVD of "My Reputation" (1946) See more »

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Too Marvelous for Words
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Performed by Jan Savitt and His Band at the recording studio
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1 May 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Jan Savitt & His Band (1946)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Decent entry in the Warner/Vitaphone series "Melody Masters" features Jan Savitt and his bad just as the title says. Warner had been making these type of shorts showing off a variety of music talent and over the years they changed the presentation a little and this one here is told more like a documentary as an uncredited narrator tells us the story of how Savitt came to be. We learn that he started with the New York Symphany Orchestra before breaking out on his own where he tried to mix symphony and jazz. We start off with an example of "Too Marvelous for Words" before the story continues with "I'll ALways Love You", "Some Sunday Morning" and "Dearest Darling" to close things out. The highlight of the film would be the third number "Some Sunday Morning", which was a pretty catchy tune sung by Robert Arthur and Shirley Van. Both are quite energetic and really deliver a memorable tune. Helen Warren sings on the final track. Overall I can't say I enjoyed this new style that much but the music was good and makes this worth checking out.


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