KING OF JAZZ
Bandleader Paul Whiteman, the biggest name in American popular music in 1930, leads this lavish music and comedy revue, featuring star players John Boles, Laura LaPlante, Jeanette Loff and a young Bing Crosby, singing in the Rhythm Boys trio. The film makes for a fascinating curio: strained humor; a giant rotating stage; a bizarre animated sequence (by Walter Lantz, later of Woody Woodpecker fame); novelty dance acts like contortionists Stattler & Rose and the comedic "Rubber Legs" Al Norman; and the elephant in the room of race, as the musicians are exclusively white, and the finale's "Melting Pot" number includes only European countries. DIR John Murray Anderson; SCR Edward T. Lowe, Jr., Charles MacArthur; PROD Carl Laemmle, Jr. U.S., 1930, color, 98 min. NOT RATED
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