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Bars and Stripes (1937)

Approved | | Short, Music | 20 February 1937 (USA)
This "tabloid musical" short showcases bandleader Dick Winslow and singer Veola Vonn in a plot similar to O'Henry's "The Cop and the Anthem."



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Complete credited cast:
Veola Vonn ... Betty, the Singer (as Vyola Von)
... Bill Forrest
... Johnny, the Tuba Player


Bill Forrest and his orchestra, the Melodaires, are preparing for what they consider their big break, a local radio broadcast which, if well received, means they will get a long term advertising contract. They need as much practice time as they can get. A wrench is thrown into their rehearsal time when Bill is arrested and jailed for five days, five crucial practice days. The orchestra can't rehearse without Bill. Betty, the lead singer, comes up with a plan: the orchestra get arrested too so that they can all rehearse in jail with Bill. The plan goes off without a hitch, except that Johnny, Betty's boyfriend and the orchestra's tuba player, misses the incident in which everyone else got arrested. As hard as Johnny tries, he can't seem to get arrested. Just as everyone else is released from jail, Johnny finally gets arrested, his jail term which runs into the scheduled radio broadcast. They can't perform without Johnny, so they have to figure a way to get him out, or conversely bring ... Written by Huggo

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20 February 1937 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Sung by Veola Vonn
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Pretty strange....
4 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

Bill Forrest and the Melodaires (not a real band by the way) are rehearsing for an upcoming gig. However, when Bill is driving home, he isn't paying attention to his speed and gets tossed into jail for five days. The band has an insane idea...to all get arrested and get thrown in with Bill so they can all have a chance to rehearse. Unfortunately, their tuba player cannot get arrested despite trying...at least while Bill and the gang are inside.

This is a weird short film from MGM...just plain weird. This is the only real reason to watch it, as the music itself is only okay and not especially memorable.

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