Veteran Broadway performer Adele Rowland sings four songs in this Vitaphone short.
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Adele Rowland ...
Herself (singer)
Mildred Brown ...
Herself (pianist)
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Veteran Broadway performer Adele Rowland sings four songs in this Vitaphone short.

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31 March 1928 (USA)  »

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Adele Rowland: Stories in Song  »

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Vitaphone production reel #2348. See more »

Soundtracks

Little Tu Shi (Is the Vamp of Shanghai Now)
(uncredited)
Written by Harry DeCosta
Sung by Adele Rowland with Mildred Brown on piano
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Wow...she sure tries hard...too bad she isn't very good.
22 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.

Whatever you think of Adele Rowland's singing, you can't say she doesn't put much energy into her numbers! The short, like most Vitaphone shorts, consists of a variety of songs by a particular performer. Here, Rowland belts them out, though by today's standards she wasn't particularly good. Her second song will most likely make Asians have strokes as it is horribly offensive towards the Chinese. I can't even try to explain all the reasons the song was so god-awful--you just need to see this part for yourself. I must say that she did have a nice dress and the sound of this short is very clean and strong--so there are some positive things to say about this film! Apart from its historical importance as an early sound film, there isn't much to recommend this film...other than Ms. Rowland's nice dress. Wow, I am really reaching, as this is the first film in almost 8000 reviews where I mentioned the quality of a dress!


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