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Ben Bernie and His Orchestra (1930)

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Ben Bernie ... Bandleader
Frances McCoy Frances McCoy ... Band Singer
Pat Kennedy Pat Kennedy ... Band Singer
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1930 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone production reel #958. See more »

Quotes

Ben Bernie, Bandleader: Frances is going to sing a song that she wrote herself, which she has dedicated to me. She's a lovely girl. The title of this song is, "I'd Love To Be The Widow Of A Guy Like You".
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Soundtracks

Hello Baby
(uncredited)
Music by Michael Cleary
Lyrics by Herb Magidson and Ned Washington
Performed by Frances McCoy with Ben Bernie and His Orchestra
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More Interesting for the Editing
14 January 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Ben Bernie and his orchestra play a few songs in the standard medium-long shot showing all the musicians; wrangles briefly with with the members of the band and tells a couple of canned jokes fairly well. Frances McCoy sings in a baby-doll voice.

Musically, it's a fairly standard musical short for the era; Ben Bernie was a very popular band leader of the era, who billed himself as "The Old Maestro" but the style of music has not aged well; it comes off as wet, polished soap.

Visually, this is a very advanced picture. While many of the Vitaphone shorts of the era still set up with medium-long shot and never varied it, this one is edited more creatively, with close-ups of instruments at the beginning and cuts to show performers as it goes along. Although the camera never moves, the editor spins the image to end the short. My guess is that an optical printer showed up at the studio in Brooklyn.


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