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.
Wow...this short will really set your feet or fingers to tappin'! Within seconds after it began, I found myself tapping my fingers and having a nice time. That's because unlike some bands in Vitaphone shorts, this one is rather comical and jazzy in their interpretations of songs. In some ways, they remind me of the way Chico and Harpo Marx did their songs in their movies--fun and relatively low-brow all the way. In particular, pay attention to George Stoll and his crazy bow and violin! Later, when a lady joins them, the level of fun drops quickly, as the band stops their crazy antics and acts almost 100% normal (yuck!). Still, her next number was much better and the film had me wondering if these guys made any more films--their energy was rather infectious.
Sadly, while this is one of the better Vitaphone shorts, starting in the middle the print is a bit of a mess and it could use some restoration work.
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