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Directed by Dave Fleischer

United States 1933 8 mins. In English

By the early 1930s, John, Herbert, Harry and Donald Mills, a.k.a. the Mills Brothers, had established themselves as one of the biggest acts on radio with their unique four-part harmonizing accentuated by their uncanny ability to imitate musical instruments with their voices. They made their big screen debut in Paramount’s The Big Broadcast (1932) before being featured in three Fleischer Bros. “Screen Song” shorts, including this one, which invites you to follow the bouncing ball and sing along with their rollicking rendition of “Dinah.”—Paul Malcolm

Directed by Dave Fleischer. Production: Paramount Publix Corp. Distribution: Paramount Publix Corp. Presented by: Max Fleischer. With: The Mills Brothers.

Preservation funded by the International Animated Film Society (ASIFA-HOLLYWOOD). Preserved from a 35mm acetate print. Laboratory services by Fotokem, Audio Mechanics, DJ Audio, Inc., Simon Daniel Sound. Special thanks to Paramount Pictures.

Genres: Musical

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