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The Ingenues are an 18-piece, all-women band. Dressed in matching frilly white dresses with flowers sewn on, they perform. They start with an up tempo piece featuring three brief solos. Then Frances, an accordion player, fronts the orchestra and leads them through a piece that features eight more accordions. A harp solo is followed by a cello duet. Then, more than a dozen banjos take over: after a few licks, they break into a spirited vocal of "Chasin' the Blues Away." Out come the woodwinds to join the brass and banjo in a version of "Tiger Rag." The orchestration includes bass, bassoon and kazoo. The women stand at the end.Written by
The Ingenues were an all female band of about 20 players that toured Europe, South America, South Africa and the States from 1925 into the late thirties. Performing at a variety of venues from concert halls, the stage, opening act at movie theaters the girls cut loose in this tight entertaining short that doesn't skip a beat.
The multi talented young ladies in this brief set go from one instrument to another from tune to tune with little pause as the band switches to accordions with a brief harp and cello interlude then en masse don banjos for a rendition of "Banjo Blues" before tearing it up with a "Tiger Rag" finish in swinging orderly fashion.
What flapper would not have wanted to be an Ingenue? In an era where young ladies were still expected to be seen and not heard this band of ladies looked like they were having the time of their life letting loose. The music and from what I can detect on screen an upbeat camaraderie among the players must have made for a rollicking lifestyle especially during the depression.
After recently experiencing the disappointment of the latest great Hollywood musical at the plex, I'll spear you the title, I came upon this ten minute short and in no time at all was lifted from my despair. The Band Beautiful is a joy from end to end that doesn't waste a minute of your or The Ingenues time.
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