A police raid on a night club results in the entire cast of the club's floor show being hauled into court, where they must perform their routines for the judge.





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Uncredited cast:
Defense Counsel (uncredited)
Joyzelle Joyner ...
Irene Tabasco, Exotic Dancer (uncredited)
Dottie Lewis ...
Flapper Singer (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)


New York's Finest raid the Paradise Night Club on West 45th Street, "where everything goes, including your bank roll." In court the next day, the defense attorney asks that each person charged be allowed to perform. Dolly Lewis, arrested for singing risqué songs, does "I ain't that kind of a baby." The orchestra plays from the jury box. The chorus line, held for murdering the black bottom, performs in frills and bathing costumes. The judge and the defense hold a colloquy about a dead waiter. Then, Irene Tobasco, charged with an improper dance in scanty attire, performs in a diaphanous gown. Is she "raw" or "well done." What will the judge decide? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Comedy | Musical





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November 1927 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This short film was made at the Warner Brothers Studio during the summer of 1927, while Alan Crosland was shooting The Jazz Singer (1927) with Al Jolson on the adjacent stages. The ballerina costumes worn by the chorus girls ("charged with murdering the Black Bottom") appear to be the same costumes worn by Myrna Loy, Audrey Ferris and other chorus girls in review scenes of Jazz Singer. See more »


I Ain't That Kind of a Baby
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal and Addy Britt
Sung by Dottie Lewis
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12 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I ran this today as a supplement to my screening of Mata Hari and was very interested in the fact that William Demarest has a prominent speaking part. He also appeared (non-speaking) in The Jazz Singer which was filmed concurrently with this. The recording quality, for such an early Vitaphone attempt, was excellent, and the preservation of this short film is nothing less than remarkable. Joyzelle Joyner, a notable performer of the day does an exotic dance in this which compliments the one Garbo did in Mata Hari. There is a little bit of singing, dancing and a wisp of a plot which is packed into a film less than ten minutes long. A neat little example of what the Warners were attempting in the way of variety entertainment.

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