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Dick Rich and His Melodious Monarchs (1928)

Dick Rich and His Melodious Monarchs, a popular West Coast group, perform "Ramona," "There Must Be a Silver Lining" and "Sunshine."
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Dick Rich ...
Himself
Cheri Rich ...
Herself (Vocalist)
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Portly Dick Rich energetically leads his nonette, the Melodious Monarchs, through three numbers. All are dressed well in tuxedos, and the simple background is ritzy. Dick sings "Ramona," then he's joined by his wife Cheri for "There Must Be a Silver Lining." Next, Dick and Cheri do a ventriloquism act in which Cheri mouths the words that Dick says, sings, and screeches with his head out of sight behind her. The set closes with a duet of "Sunshine." The curtain closes. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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There Must Be a Silver Lining
(uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Dolly Morse
Performed by Cheri Rich with Dick Rich and His Melodious Monarchs
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A bit hard on the ears
23 January 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

An early Vitaphone film, this Warner Brothers short apparently was one created using a very complicated system through which an accompanying record was synchronized with a movie camera. There were several serious setbacks for such a system (such as if a film skipped--it became out of sync for the rest of the film plus the records quickly wore out--and 20 showings was the normal life-span of the records) and even though it produced excellent sound, it was eventually replaced. The last of the Vitaphone films were made in 1930, then the studio switched to the standard sound-on-film system.

In general, the sound quality of the Vitaphone shorts was excellent and this is one of the only ones I've seen that wasn't. The sound was rather thin. To make things worse, Dick Rich and his female accompaniment were amazingly bad. No, that's too charitable--they sounded annoying. Neither of them could sing well at all, though the band itself sounded fine. Truly this is one of the least talented group to be featured on a Vitaphone film. Despite its historical value as a very early sound film, it's one you might just want to skip.


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