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Paul Tremaine and His Aristocrats (1929)

The popular jazz band in performance. The numbers presented include "I've Been Working on the Railroad," "On the Road to Mandalay," "Chinese Dream," "Fanfare" and "Here Comes the Showboat."


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Cast overview:
Paul Tremaine ...
Himself (as Paul Tremaine and His Aristocrats)


"All aboard," calls a voice off camera and a train engine appears. Then, we're in an elegant room with a chandelier where Paul Tremaine is directing the Aristocrats in their arrangement of "I've Been Working on the Railroad." It's a 15-piece orchestra. They follow with "Road to Mandalay" and a medley of songs one might hear on a Mississippi riverboat. The medley includes "Old Kentucky Home," "Oh Susanna," and "Mississippi Mud," among others. The music includes a few vocals from a trio of musicians. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Musical | Short





Release Date:

10 April 1929 (USA)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reel #742 See more »


Kingdom Coming
aka "The Year of Jubilo"
Music by Henry Clay Work
Played on the banjo
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Paul Tremaine and His Aristocrats was another enjoyable Vitaphone musical short
30 November 2012 | by (Baton Rouge, LA) – See all my reviews

This was another Vitaphone musical short from the late 20s that's on The Jazz Singer DVD. This one actually begins with a shot of a moving train before segueing to the title band performing "I've Been Working on the Railroad". Paul Tremain himself intros each number while also playing the saxophone. Another number that's performed is "Mississippi Mud" which my sixth grade class was taught to sing quite frequently though some of the lyrics performed here are slightly different like the word "darkies" wasn't mentioned in our version (which I'm sure was by that time no longer allowed) and instead of "They don't need no band" the three men say "Wow! What a band!" In summary, Paul Trenaine and His Aristocrats was another very enjoyable Vitaphone musical short.

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