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Gus Arnheim and His Cocoanut Grove Orchestra (1928)

A performance film showing Arnheim and his tuxedo-clad musicians playing their instruments, facing the viewer. Two cameras are used, one taking a long view of the band, the other, medium close ups of the men as they do their various solos.
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Cast

Cast overview:
Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra ... Themselves (as Gus Arnheim and His Cocoanut Grove Orchestra)
Gus Arnheim Gus Arnheim ... Himself / Bandleader / Pianist
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A performance film showing Arnheim and his tuxedo-clad musicians playing their instruments, facing the viewer. Two cameras are used, one taking a long view of the band, the other, medium close ups of the men as they do their various solos.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gus Arnheim and His Cocoanut Grove Orchestra 'Favorite Orchestra of the Motion Picture Colony' See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)
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Vitaphone production reel #2584. See more »

Soundtracks

(If You Want to Miss a Heaven on Earth) Stay Out of the South
(uncredited)
Written by Harold Dixon
Performed by Gus Arnheim and His Cocoanut Grove Orchestra
Sung by the ukulele player
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Despite being of a forgotten band, the music was quite enjoyable.
30 January 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Back in the 20s and 30s, Vitaphone experimented with sound films through their musical shorts. Though, as few theaters in 1928 were equipped for sound, I did wonder as I watched this just how many folks saw it when it was first released. I do agree with another review I just read for this short in particular--it's probably got very limited appeal today. I personally love the old Vitaphone shorts and could watch them all--but realize that early talkies don't necessarily work well today as they are a bit dated. However, the Turner restoration is virtually perfect--with great sound and a very nice picture--allowing lovers of old-time music to enjoy as well as to preserve a copy for posterity. And, despite limited appeal, this took a lot of work--cleaning up the copies as well as matching up sound discs with the films--as they were recorded separately.

As for "Gus Arnhein and His Coconut Grove Orchestra", this is an agreeable short--and one of the earlier Vitaphone released. While the band is just about totally forgotten today, they had a nice sound and are a nice representative of the era. And, like most Vitaphone films of the day, the camera is mostly stationary and there are no fancy effects--just a straight recording of the act--which included several nice songs. Worth seeing.


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