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16 March 1946 (USA) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Jan Savitt ... Himself - Band Leader
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Arthur ... Himself - Singer (as Bob Arthur)
The Lipham Children ... Themselves - Acrobats
Shirley Van ... Herself - Singer
Helen Warren ... Herself - Singer
Knox Manning ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Scholl 
Produced by
Gordon Hollingshead .... producer
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon 
Film Editing by
Harold McLernon 
Art Direction by
Douglas Bacon 
Sound Department
Dolph Thomas .... sound

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Also Known As:
"Vitaphone Melody Master: Jan Savitt and His Band" - USA (series title)
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USA:10 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Vitaphone production reel #1409ASee more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Good For Music Fans, 1 May 2011
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

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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