An insurance lawyer unhappy with his rate of company advancement becomes a middleman in deals to recover stolen property from the Mob, thus earning a nice living. But his actions attract police attention and set him up for a double-cross.
Babe Ruth returns from hunting to a cabin shared with musicians Zez Confrey and Byron Gay where he regales them with the story of his famous called shot. With Babe's help, they write a song about baseball which then debuts on a radio show.
In Hell, Satan appears to tell us that rhythm is coming to life again, then we're taken to a sound stage where Jimmie Lunceford conducts his dance orchestra. He's in black tie and a tuxedo ... See full summary »
Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra,
The Three Brown Jacks
It's carnival time, crowds gather for horse races and the games and food of a midway. Bobby the singing jockey will be riding the favorite Stardust, and if they win, the prize money will ... See full summary »
An elderly barber shop owner wins a sweepstake and uses the winnings to elaborately remodel his run-down shop. For in-house entertainment he hires his musician friends as the jazz orchestra and the four shoeshiners are skilled tap dancers.
Claude Hopkins & Orchestra,
The janitor of a Paris museum's Egyptology department agrees to help a girl hide from the police. Using museum costumes, they join the Paris carnival parade and even win the 'best costume' ... See full summary »
Louis Prima and a quintet play on a low stage in front of an audience at tables. They open with "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans," then Shirley Lloyd joins them to sing "I Can't Give You Anything But Love." They do a quick "If She Loves Me," with Prima singing. Then, from one of the tables in the audience, Ted Gary sings "You're an Education" to Mitzi Dahl, then the two of them tap dance. The band finishes with an up-tempo version of "Loch Lomond," and the audience hits the dance floor. The quintet includes clarinet, piano, guitar, bass, and a drummer who also plays vibraphone, with Louis Prima on trumpet.Written by
Louis Prima, Himself:
You take the high road and I'll take the low road, And I'll be in Scotland afore ya; Where me and my true love will never meet again, On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond...
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This is a short from Vitaphone and it can be found on the "Warner Brothers Big Band, Jazz & Swing" DVD collection. This set consists of six DVDs and almost 11 hours of shorts! If you don't know who Louis Prima was, you have probably heard him sing before. In Disney's "The Jungle Book" he played King Louis and showed off his singing talents in "I Want To Be Like You". And, if you've seen the film "Big Night", Prima is the big guest that Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub are working so hard to impress--and you never actually get to see Prima in this film.
Much of the short consists of the band leader, Prima, singing. And like his usual style, it's very fast yet smooth. With "Loch Lomond", it's actually a bit frenetic--and the dancers nearly pass out trying to keep up with the crazy jazz. In addition to Prima singing, you've got two of the strangest dancers I've ever seen. This is NOT meant as an insult--it's just that the man and woman have a crazy good style that surprised me. You just have to see it to know what I mean. Overall, quite simple in style but very enjoyable.
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