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Directed by John Murray Anderson

United States 1930 98 mins. In English

Newly restored to digital glory by Universal Pictures, this long-forgotten Technicolor musical revue stars legendary bandleader Paul Whiteman and soon-to-be-superstar Bing Crosby, and features some of the era’s most elaborate and visually innovative musical production numbers. Whiteman commissioned George Gershwin, whose “Rhapsody in Blue” provides a memorably lavish centerpiece for the film and while Whiteman was hardly the “King of Jazz” from today’s perpective, appearances by the great jazz violinist Joe Venunti and guitarist Eddie Lang were the real deal.

Jazz writer Gary Giddins calls the film “a Rosetta stone of early American pop,”—“King of Jazz” or not.

Genres: Musical

Appears in: 34th Reel Music Festival



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