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Horace Heidt and His Californians (1929)



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Credited cast:
Horace Heidt ... Himself - Bandleader
Lee Lykins Lee Lykins ... Himself - Vocalist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stuart Grove Stuart Grove ... Himself (as Horace Heidt and His Californians)
Bobby Hackett Bobby Hackett ... Himself (as Horace Heidt and His Californians)


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Short | Musical







Release Date:

28 October 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 production reel #902. See more »


Lee Lykins - Vocalist: [singing] When I pretend I'm gay, I never feel that way, I'm only painting the clouds with sunshine...
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I'll Never Ask for More
Music by Fred E. Ahlert
Performed by Horace Heidt and His Californians with tap-dancing accompaniment
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Not 100% sure WHICH "Horace Heidt and His Californians" this is...but I think it's the right one!
24 January 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When you search IMDb, you find TWO entries for "Horace Heidt and His Californians" and no description of the two Vitaphone films. One apparently starred Lobo the Police Dog and the other Lee Lykins. Well, the one shown on TCM has Lobo sitting in the front row as all the performers do their thing and Lee Lykins singing...so I hope I am doing my review for the correct short.

The film begins with Horace Heidt leading the band with the most amazing gesticulations--and I can honestly say I've never seen anything quite like it! Lee Lykins sings followed by a number with Stuart Grove playing lead trumpet and then a tap dance number with eight tappers tapping away in front of the band. And then, out of the blue, you hear Lobo bark at the end...as up until then he was very, very chill...like he'd either been drugged or REALLY loved old time jazz music!

Overall, entertaining and VERY energetic. Worth seeing.

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