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Jivin' in Be-Bop (1946)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music
A musical film in the style of a documentary, featuring 19 musical and dance numbers, by many notable musicians.


Leonard Anderson, Spencer Williams (co-director)


Powell Lindsay

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Complete credited cast:
Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie ... Himself
Freddie Carter Freddie Carter ... Master of Ceremonies
Sahji Sahji ... Herself (Lead exotic dancer)
Helen Humes Helen Humes ... Herself (Lead singer)
James Moody James Moody ... Himself
Milt Jackson Milt Jackson ... Himself (Xylophonist)
Ray Brown Ray Brown ... Himself (Bass, Gillespie orchestra)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Audrey Armstrong Audrey Armstrong ... Herself
Dolores Brown Dolores Brown ... Herself
Ralph Brown Ralph Brown ... Himself (Tap dancer)
Dan Burley Dan Burley ... Himself
Dave Burns Dave Burns ... Himself
Benny Carter Benny Carter ... Himself
Kenny Hagood Kenny Hagood ... Himself (as Pancho)
Henny Henny ... Himself


A musical film in the style of a documentary, featuring 19 musical and dance numbers, by many notable musicians.

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Top stars in sensational musical variety revue!


Documentary | Music


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Alexander Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Did You Know?


Things to Come
Written by Gil Fuller and Dizzy Gillespie
Performed by Dizzy Gillespie and his Orchestra
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Jivin' in Be-Bop should please Dizzy Gillespie fans as he's featured quite a bit here
1 February 2012 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Just watched on the Internet Archive this all-black revue hosted by Freddie Carter and featuring the music of Dizzy Gillespie with accompaniment from Ray Brown on bass and Milt Jackson on vibraphone among other band members. In between sets, Carter and Gillespie do a short banter most of which wasn't funny though I was amused by this exchange: Freddie-"How long do you think Cain can hate his brother?" Dizzy-"As long as he is Abel." During some of Dizzy's music, some exotic dancers like Sahji among others do their thing. There's also some fine singers like Helen Humes who starts things off with "E-Baba-Le-Ba". There's also some good tap dancers like Ralph Brown. Oh, and even a couple of piano players named Dan Burley and Johny Taylor who provide some good instrumentals called "Hubba-Hubba Blues" and "Hubba-Hubba Boogie". This was a pretty entertaining revue film that also featured the likes of James Moody, Audrey Armstrong, Delores Brown, Dave Burns, Benny Carter, Kenny "Pancho" Hagood, Henny and Johnny, Daisy Richardson, and expressionist dancer Ray Sneed. So on that note, I recommend Jivin' in Be-Bop.

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