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Red Nichols and His Five Pennies (1929)



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Credited cast:
Red Nichols ... Himself / Musician
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Condon ... Himself / Musician / Singer
The Five Pennies The Five Pennies ... Themselves (as Red Nichols and His Five Pennies)
Egon Petri Egon Petri ... Himself / Musician
Pee Wee Russell Pee Wee Russell ... Himself / Musician
Tommy Thunen Tommy Thunen ... Himself / Musician


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Release Date:

16 September 1929 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vitaphone reel #870. See more »


Nobody's Sweetheart
Music by Billy Meyers and Elmer Schoebel
Lyrics by Gus Kahn and Ernie Erdman
Performed by Red Nichols and His Five Pennies
Sung by Eddie Condon
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Terrific Jazz Short
12 September 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Red Nichols and His Five Pennies (1929)

*** (out of 4)

Entertaining, 9-minute short from Vitaphone/Warner has Red Nichols and his "Five Pennies" doing songs including China Boy, Nobody's Sweetheart, Ida Sweet as Apple Cider and Who Cares?. If you're familiar with Nichols and his band then you're going to know that they perform some really fast jazz and the entire strength of their band seems to be that they enjoy starting off slow before just going and going for a feverish, fast pace and this is what they do best. I've seen a number of their shorts and each time they have no troubles impressing me and this here is no exception. The highlight of the film has to be Sweetheart, which also features Eddie Condon singing. Condon does two numbers and both are them are quite good as his voice perfectly mixes with the music. The "directing" isn't all that special as the visuals are quite lazy as the group are just pretty much in one spot and perform their act while the camera stays still and records it. There are a few edits here and there but you can tell that the budget was very low. Fans of this short should also check out 1936's RED NICHOLS & HIS WORLD FAMOUS PENNIES.

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