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Ben Bernie and His Orchestra (1930)



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Frances McCoy ...
Band Singer
Pat Kennedy ...
Band Singer


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Release Date:

16 May 1930 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Although some sources erroneously credit Lou Clayton, Eddie Jackson and Jimmy Durante (as Clayton, Jackson and Durante) in the cast, none of them are to be found in this film. See more »


Frances McCoy, Band Singer: [singing] Hello baby, How do you do? Hello baby, I'm speakin' to you. Introducing no one else but me - in person. Hello baby, what do you say? Hello baby, Going my way? Oh, how about a little company? I'd take off my hat, to a baby like you. Oh, take off your high hat and we'll find things to do - together. Come on, baby, don't hesitate. Oh, come on, baby, give me a break! Oh, gee, you're swell. Hello, hello baby.
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Lady Luck
Written by Ray Perkins
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Vitaphone took a bit more care than usual when they filmed this one...
24 January 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty ordinary short from Vitaphone is some ways...yet in others it's also very remarkable. First, the ordinary. Ben Bernie and his orchestra play a couple numbers and none of them were good or bad...just pretty average for the day. There also is a song from Frances McCoy and she seems to be trying to imitate Helen Kane (the inspiration for Betty Boop)....interesting but unremarkable. But what really sets this one apart is the look of the short. Most of Vitaphone's shorts consisted of simply having the orchestra perform in front of a static camera. However, here the cinematography was incredibly nice...with some nice close-ups which were filmed separately and inserted into the first number. Additionally, the silhouette scene was very nice...and together they make this film look lovely. A mixed bag...but overall a nice looking mixed bag.

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