The first and only female leader in the Big Band era. Lots and swing and dancing.

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Emily Adrien ...
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The first and only female leader in the Big Band era. Lots and swing and dancing.

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Short | Music | Musical

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1 July 1939 (USA)  »

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Melody Masters (1938-1939 season) #16: Rita Rio and Her Orchestra  »

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Vitaphone production reel #B229. See more »

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When You're Smiling (the Whole World Smiles with You)
Written by Larry Shay, Mark Fisher and Joe Goodwin
Played on the phonograph
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The Vitagraph Studios
22 March 2009 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Roy Mack directs another nice musical short at the Vitagraph Studios out in Brooklyn -- if you go out to the neighborhood, you can still see the company logo on the chimney, although it hasn't been used as a studio in decades. Production shifted for the war in 1942 and never got moving again afterward.

Rita Rio -- also known as Dona Drake -- is a jitterbug, like Betty Hutton and June Allyson in her early shorts, leading the band and dancing and having a fine old time. This sort of short was a staple of Warner Brothers' Vitaphone division from 1926 through 1944 and this is a good example of the genre.


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