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King of Jazz (1930)

This revue presents its numbers around the orchestra leader Paul Whiteman, besides that it shows in it's final number that the European popular music are the roots of American popular music... See full summary »

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Harry Ruskin (comedy sketches)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Whiteman ... Paul Whiteman
John Boles ... Vocalist ('Song of the Dawn' / 'It Happened in Monterey')
Laura La Plante ... Editor ('Ladies of the Press') / Stenographer ('In Conference') / Quartet Member, 'Nellie'
Jeanette Loff ... Vocalist ('It Happened in Monterey' / 'Bridal Veil' / 'A Bench in the Park')
Glenn Tryon ... Executive ('In Conference') / Unmarried Husband / Husband ('A Dash of Spice')
William Kent William Kent ... General ('All Noisy on the Eastern Front') / Goldfish Owner ('Oh! Forevermore!') / Unmarried Couple's Offspring / Meek Husband ('Do Things For You') / Man in Closet ('A Dash of Spice')
Slim Summerville ... Automobile Owner ('Springtime') / Rear End of Horse / Charles
The Rhythm Boys ... Vocal Group
Kathryn Crawford ... Fourth Reporter ('Ladies of the Press') / Wife ('A Dash of Spice')
Carla Laemmle ... Chorine (as Beth Laemmle)
Stanley Smith ... Bridegroom ('Bridal Veil' / 'A Bench in the Park')
George Chiles George Chiles ... Dancer ('It Happened in Monterey' / Vocalist 'A Bench in the Park' / 'Ragamuffin Romeo')
Jack White Jack White ... Jack White
Frank Leslie Frank Leslie ... Quartet Lead Singer ('Nellie')
Walter Brennan ... Desk Sergeant ('Springtime') / Soldier ('All Noisy on the Eastern Front') / Waiter ('Oh! Forevermore!') / Front End of Horse / Quartet Member ('Nellie')
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Storyline

This revue presents its numbers around the orchestra leader Paul Whiteman, besides that it shows in it's final number that the European popular music are the roots of American popular music, called Jazz. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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A NEW ERA in sound and color entertainment!


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The King of Jazz Revue See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,962,000, 31 December 1930
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Whiteman's dance double was Paul Small (1909-1954), an acrobatic dancer and long-time Whiteman imitator, not to be confused with the singer of the same name. See more »

Quotes

Announcer: You don't mean to tell me that you are well-versed in the intricacies of the art of Terpsichore?
Paul Whiteman: No, but I can dance.
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Alternate Versions

Restored in 2016 with a running time of 99 minutes. This version replicates the scene continuity of the 1930 release version, including about a minute of exit music. A small amount of footage was not found and is covered by still photographs. This is the version that played at the Museum of Modern Art and Film Forum in 2016, and was released by the Criterion Collection on Blu-Ray and DVD in 2018. See more »


Soundtracks

So the Bluebirds and the Blackbirds Got Together
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Barris
Lyrics by Billy Moll
Performed by The Rhythm Boys
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Great Movie!
30 July 1999 | by Richard-148See all my reviews

One of the greatest movies ever made! This is a wonderful example of the "first generation" (pre-Busby Berekely) Hollywood musicals, which were reviews. That is, plotless - continuous musical numbers and acts (just like the Broadway plays of the era).

"The King of Jazz" is lavishly photographed in two-strip technicolor, with awe-inspiring sets, wonderful music, and great chorus-line dancing. (Keep an eye open for Al Norman, the greatest of the "Eccentric" dancers, doing his "snake hip" dance in the wonderful "Happy Feet" number.) You will see first-hand why Paul Whiteman was truly "The King of Jazz"; some absolute jazz immortals are in his 40-piece orchestra (see a few breath-taking moments of Joe Venuti-Eddie Land doing "Wildcat".) And the Rhythm Boys! And the Brox Sisters! And the original jazz version of "Rhapsody in Blue" with the entire 40-piece orchestra inside a giant blue piano! And the first color sound cartoon (by Walter Lantz) To quote from the movie" Bing Crosby "What kind of production is this?" The Rhythm Boys "A super super special special production!"


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