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The Dipsy Doodler (1940)

Approved | | Short, Music | 25 May 1940 (USA)


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Cast overview:
Larry Clinton and His Orchestra ...
Themselves (as Larry Clinton & His Orchestra)
Bea Wain ...
Herself - Singer
Ford Leary ...
Himself - Singer
Gower Champion ...
Himself - Dancer (as Gower)
Jeanne Tyler ...
Herself - Dancer (as Jeanne)
The Six Philharmonicas ...
Themselves (as The Philharmonicas)


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Release Date:

25 May 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Melody Masters (1939-1940 season) #8: The Dipsy Doodler  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone release # B247. See more »


Dancing in the Dark
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Howard Dietz
Performed by Bea Wain (vocal) and Gower & Jeanne (dance), with Larry Clinton and His Orchestra
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I really liked the harmonicas!
27 August 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a short from Vitaphone and it can be found on the "Warner Brothers Big Band, Jazz & Swing" DVD collection. This set consists of six DVDs and almost 11 hours of shorts! This is at least the second short that Larry Clinton and his orchestra made. I know they made a short in 1938 and I wasn't particularly impressed by it. Let's see if they have done a bit better this time.

As far as the band goes, they are pretty much who they were the time before, though there is one huge difference--the addition of a cool harmonica band! These six guys end up being a lot more interesting than Clinton and his band--at least to me. In fact, when the film switched back to Clinton, it slowed down dramatically--especially when the song "Dancing In The Dark" was sung and danced to--it was VERY smooth but lacked the excitement of the harmonicas. I guess I am just a softy for harmonica bands, as I also adored the shorts for Barrah Minevich & His Harmonica School. And, I was thrilled when the final number included the harmonicas once again. And, it also helped that the final number "Forget Your Troubles" was peppy and fun. However, what did this entire film have to do with the phrase 'Dipsy Doodler'?!

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