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Harry Wayman and His 'Debutantes' (1928)

The 'Debutantes' are an all female orchestra led and directed by Harry Wayman doing some musical and dancing routines, Harrry accompanies with the violin.

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Harry Wayman
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Harry Wayman Harry Wayman ... Himself / Bandleader
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The 'Debutantes' are an all female orchestra led and directed by Harry Wayman doing some musical and dancing routines, Harrry accompanies with the violin.

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Short | Music

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1928 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (Vitaphone)

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1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reel #2261. See more »

Soundtracks

(What Do We Do on a) Dew-Dew-Dewey Day
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Written by Al Sherman, Howard Johnson and Charles Tobias
Performed by Harry Wayman and His Debutantes
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Every One a Virtuoso
6 December 2016 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Harry Wayman leads his all-girl band in few numbers in this standard-looking Vitaphone short from 1928.

Although every musician -- save the fiddling Wayman -- being a woman renders this a novelty act, this does not diminish the competence of anyone. How was a woman to earn an honest living in music in those days? Having women in a band with men could cause talk when they traveled -- a few years later, when Ella Fitzgerald joined Chick Webb's band as a singer, he was almost terrified at the thought of bad headlines.

So this was a compromise that permitted the women to work. If their music sounds competent but uninspired, so did many another band with men in it, bands that played top spots and got their own Vitaphone shorts.


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