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
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"New York Times:, 3 May 1930, erroneously credits composer George Gershwin as the on-screen pianist playing "Rhapsody in Blue"; Roy Bargy is the actual pianist. See more »
The Rhythm Boys and The Sisters G sing Yellen & Ager's " Happy FEET". But the number is introduced in a stop-motion sequence with the title "Happy SHOES". See more »
This book is Paul Whiteman's Scrap Book. It's pages are crowded with melodies and antidotes which we are going to bring to life for you by the magic camera. Here we have Paul himself. By the way, you may be interested to knowing how he came to be crowned the "King of Jazz." Once upon a time, Paul, tired of life in the great city, had a grand idea. He would go big game hunting. No sooner said than done. So in the action of the camera, we find him a few weeks later in darkest Africa.
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The 1933 re-release added a few brief, newly-filmed comedy sketches along with slightly revised opening credits, but removed nearly 35 minutes of footage in return. These added scenes are bonus material on the 2018 Criterion release. Prior to 2016, most prints ran about 93 minutes. See more »
My Lord Delivered Daniel
Sung by Bing Crosby during the cartoon segment See more »
Entertaining bit of history
Unique qualities of this early musical include the fact that it's both in color and sound! I had previously understood that prior to 1935 this was technically or chemically impossible. The two-color Technicolor was not new (Ben-Hur, for example) but it does add richness after you get used to it. Really interesting (to me, at least) to see the VERY young Bing Crosby singing as part of the Rhythm Boys. Whiteman's orchestra does Rhapsody in Blue when it was still a new piece. Comedy acts are corny and quaint. The big production numbers were lavish and very new; some seemed experimental and fresh. They didn't yet know just what to do with a musical-entertainment movie, so they just threw in some of everything that was popular on stage at the time, done by some very talented performers.
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