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Don Redman & His Orchestra (1934)

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In a nightclub setting, Don Redman and His Orchestra perform three songs, and one number is performed by singers/tap dancers 'Red' and Struggie. (For the list of songs, check the soundtrack... See full summary »

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Joseph Henabery
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Don Redman Don Redman ... Himself
Red & Struggie Red & Struggie ... Themselves - Dancers
Red Red ... Himself
Struggie Struggie ... Himself
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Storyline

In a nightclub setting, Don Redman and His Orchestra perform three songs, and one number is performed by singers/tap dancers 'Red' and Struggie. (For the list of songs, check the soundtrack listing). Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Short | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Melody Masters (1934-1935 season) #4: Don Redman & His Orchestra See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film short is included as an extra in the Warner DVD of Dames (1934). See more »

Goofs

The arrow on the giant wheel changes position when the trumpet player gets up to play a solo. See more »

Soundtracks

Ill Wind (You're Blowin' Me No Good)
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Performed by Harlan Lattimore (vocal) with Don Redman and His Orchestra
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pleasant but unremarkable.
5 March 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Vitaphone provided a unique opportunity for black orchestras. Without this small studio in New York showcasing their work, we might not have any record of some of the great black bands of the day. A few, such as Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington and his Orchestra, are very famous and would no doubt be remembered even without their Vitaphone appearances....but what about Don Redman & His Orchestra? This mostly forgotten band leader and band survive to this day because of Vitaphone.

The short begins with Redman and the rest performing in front of a set made up of giant cards and a roulette-type wheel. Redman himself sings two unremarkble tunes and then Harlan Lattimore and Red & Struggie sing two more. None of it will change your life or turn you into a rabid Redman fan...but it is pleasant and worth seeing.


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