The King of Jazz (1930)
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The most enjoyable of the early talkie revues; highlights include the elaborate "Bridal Veil" production number, and the hit song "It Happened in Monterey," sung by John Boles.
"King if Jazz" is an elaborate musical revue film showcasing popular music from 1930, lead by Paul Whiteman and his orchestra, and featuring a young Bing Crosby, and some mildly amusing comedy skits. Only the famous Gershwin song really grabbed me...but I must give credit for some creative techniques and unique dance numbers.
in 1929 and 1930, all the major studios were creating all-star extravaganzas that showed off their grapplings with sound and color technology. some of also showed off the fact that their hottest properties should not have been in musicals(like warners' 'the show of shows'). but universal's 'king of jazz' shows off some of the finer musical talent of the time like bing crosby, john boles, jeanette loff, jeanie lang and the paul whiteman orchestra going at an edited version of gershwin's 'rhapsody in blue'. the musical numbers feature the crazy dancing of the sisters g and the first rockettes, then known as the russell markert girls. some of the comady sketches haven't aged well, but full-on production numbers like 'happy feet' and the dance prelude to rhapsody are fun and wonderful.
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