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Mills Blue Rhythm Band (1934)

Musical and dance acts perform, first at a night club, then at a "rent party."


Roy Mack


Cyrus Wood (continuity)


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Complete credited cast:
Mills Blue Rhythm Band Mills Blue Rhythm Band ... Orchestra
Sally Gooding Sally Gooding ... Singer
Fredi Washington ... Dancer
Hamtree Harrington Hamtree Harrington ... Comedian
'Blues' McAllister 'Blues' McAllister ... Orchestra Musician
The Three Dukes The Three Dukes ... Dancing Trio


Musical and dance acts perform, first at a night club, then at a "rent party."

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Release Date:

17 February 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Melody Masters (1933-1934 season) #7: Mills Blue Rhythm Band See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vitaphone production reel #1586. See more »


Singer's Friend: [First lines] Why don't you sit still?
Singer: Oh, I can't help it. This music just goes in my ears and out my feet.
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There Goes My Headache
Music by James P. Johnson
Lyrics by Andy Razaf
Sung by Sally Gooding with the Mills Blue Rhythm Band
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How is it that this band wasn't more famous?
24 August 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is an excellent Vitaphone short--with great music and terrific dancing. I was surprised, then, that the Mills Blue Rhythm Band wasn't more famous. I'd never heard of them and this is their only credit listed on IMDb. Their music is very typical of the nice stuff that was being performed by other black performers at New York's "Cotton Club" and aside from a few (such as Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway), most of the rest have been forgotten. It's a shame, as I really enjoyed this and the great tap dancing.

However, this is a short that some today might take offense to--so I am warning you. One character is the stereotypical black man of the time and at the end, there is a song and dance number with folks decked out in ridiculous supposedly native attire. Aside from putting a bone through all their noses, it couldn't have been much worse. It's a shame as otherwise this is a great short and one that will impress.

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