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King of Jazz (20-Apr-1930)

Director: John Murray Anderson

Writers: Charles MacArthur; Harry Ruskin

Keywords: Musical

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
John Boles
28-Oct-1895 27-Feb-1969 Victor Moritz in Frankenstein
Walter Brennan
25-Jul-1894 21-Sep-1974 Three Oscars for Best Supporting Actor
Bing Crosby
3-May-1903 14-Oct-1977 White Christmas
Laura La Plante
1-Nov-1904 14-Oct-1996 The Cat and the Canary
Slim Summerville
10-Jul-1892 6-Jan-1949 The Front Page
Paul Whiteman
28-Mar-1890 29-Dec-1967 The King of Jazz


Review by Dan R. VanLandingham (posted on 25-May-2008)

Filmed in 1929,this movie was one of the first to use the new Technicolor process which was a two color medium at that time. Paul Whiteman,by 1929,was an international star who gave starts to those who,themselves,would attain stardom.The list included Bing Crosby,Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey,singer Mildred Bai- ley,cornetist Bix Beiderbecke and a host of others too numerous to mention. The movie starts off with Paul Whiteman-in a cartoon done in black and white-discovering jazz in Africa.Then the movie is in color throughout featuring the various talents such as viol- inist Joe Venuti and his partner guitarist Eddie Lang.It was a- round this time Whiteman was given the title of "King of Jazz". Though dated by today's standards,it's still worth watching,gi- ving the eye a sense of "eye candy".This movie will make an id- eal addition to those who are students of filmology.If one can get a copy of Richard M.Sudhalter's 1973 book "Bix,Man and Le- gend",the book will give you an "inside view" of the movie in progress when Whiteman trekked west to make the movie in 1929.

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