This entry in Paramount's "Headliner" series of musical shorts headlines Cab Calloway, His Orchestra and Ethel Moses. THey do some numbers at Harlem's "Cotton Club" and following the show, they go over to a Harlem rendezvous and shimmy at a jitterbug party. Hi-de-Ho!Written by
Les Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
While I could see that one of the other reviewers liked this film, it's odd he'd describe the first two Cab Calloway sounds as being nothing but 'gibberish'. Of course he used a lot of so-called gibberish!! He was famous for some nonsense words and his ability to sling around the English language in his tunes--and this is one of the reasons his music STILL is very infectious and enjoyable!! Imagine if he couldn't have used phrases like 'Hi-Di-Hi-Di-Ho' in his songs?! There could have been no great tune like "Minnie the Moocher"! Give me more of this 'gibberish'!! As you can probably see, I am someone who loves Cab Calloway performances and love that they included some in this nice DVD collection "Hollywood Rhythm: Volume One" (and, incidentally, some of his sorts for Vitaphone/Warner Brothers are available on DVD as well and are well worth finding).
"Cab Calloway's Jitterbug Party" is a short set, initially, at the famous Cotton Club in Harlem. Later, he and his band-mates head to a party and this is when the music really heats up! It's VERY fast and fun--just like Jitterbug dancing should be. About the only thing I would like to have seen was some of the great jitterbug dancing and costumes that would soon become famous. Still, Calloway is in top form!
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