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Gus Arnheim and His Cocoanut Grove Orchestra (1928)

A performance film showing Arnheim and his tuxedo-clad musicians playing their instruments, facing the viewer. Two cameras are used, one taking a long view of the band, the other, medium close ups of the men as they do their various solos.
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A performance film showing Arnheim and his tuxedo-clad musicians playing their instruments, facing the viewer. Two cameras are used, one taking a long view of the band, the other, medium close ups of the men as they do their various solos.

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30 January 1928 (USA)  »

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Vitaphone production reel #2584. See more »

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Written by Irving Berlin
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Nice Vitaphone Short
12 September 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Gus Arnhein and His Cocoanut Grove Orchestra (1928)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Early Vitaphone/Warner short has, as the title suggests, Gus Arnheim and his orchestra doing four numbers including Irving Berlin's I Can't Do Without You. As with many of these early musical shorts, this one here really doesn't feature too much "direction" or style as the camera is pretty much set up in front of the stage where the musicians are and they play. That's pretty much it with the exception of a handful of edits where the filmmaker gives us a close-up of one of the instrument playing. As you'd expect, this type of film is going to have a very limited appeal so it's mainly for those who enjoy this era of music or film buffs you want to check out all the early talking pictures. I was a little surprised to see how good the music sounded as many of these early sound films suffer from poor audio. Everything was quite crisp sounding and just by listening you'd never expect this to have come out so early in the game. The four numbers are certainly above average with I Can't Do Without You really stealing the picture.


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