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Rhapsodies in black & blue

Author: Louis ArmstrongAnna ChangCary GrantEddie CantorEddie YoungerAll authors
Publisher: New York, NY : Kino on Video, ©1997.
Series: Hollywood rhythm., Paramount musical shorts ;, v. 4.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : English
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"Eight of the most exotic mini musicals the screen has ever seen"--Container.
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Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Louis Armstrong; Anna Chang; Cary Grant; Eddie Cantor; Eddie Younger; Rosita Moreno; Nino Martini; Ethel Merman; Rudy Vallée; Aubrey Scotto; Casey Robinson; Howard Bretherton; Victor Heerman; Ray Cozine; Mountaineers (Musical group : Eddie Younger); Kino International Corporation.; Paramount Pictures Corporation (1914-1927)
OCLC Number: 37753850
Notes: A rhapsody in black and blue and The musical doctor originally released as motion pictures in 1932, Singapore Sue, Be like me, and Old man blues in 1931, Insurance, All for the band, and Moonlight and romance in 1930.
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"U.S. - 1930-32"--Cassette label.
Duration on cassette label: 82 min. ; on container: 78 min.
Cast: A rhapsody in black and blue: Louis Armstrong; Singapore Sue: Anna Chang, Cary Grant; Insurance: Eddie Cantor; All for the band: Eddie Younger and his Mountaineeers; Moonlight and romance: Rosita Moreno, Nino Martini; Be like me and Old man blues: Ethel Merman; The musical doctor: Rudy Vallee.
Description: 1 videocassette (82 min.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in.
Details: VHS.
Contents: A rhapsody in black and blue (13 min.) / a Paramount picture ; directed by Aubrey Scotto ; story by Phil Cohan --
Singapore Sue (11 min.) / a Paramount picture ; written & directed by Casey Robinson --
Insurance (9 min.) / a Paramount picture --
All for the band (9 min.) / a Paramount picture ; story by Rube Welch ; directed by Howard Bretherton --
Moonlight and romance (8 min.) / a Paramount picture ; directed by Victor Heerman --
Be like me (11 min.) / a Paramount picture ; written and directed by Aubrey Scotto --
Old man blues (10 min.) / a Paramount picture ; directed Aubrey Scotto --
The musical doctor (11 min.) / a Paramount picture ; directed by Ray Cozine.
Series Title: Hollywood rhythm., Paramount musical shorts ;, v. 4.
Other Titles: Rhapsody in black and blue.
Singapore Sue.
Insurance.
All for the band.
Moonlight and romance.
Be like me.
Old man blues.
Musical doctor.
Rhapsodies in black and blue
Responsibility: Kino International ; a Paramount Picture.

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"Eight of the most exotic mini musicals the screen has ever seen"--Container.

Musical shorts in the early years of sound film were often surprisingly imaginative productions. And, before the coming of the Production Code in 1934, they could be fairly racy as well. This volume features some of the legends of stage and screen in eight oddball mini-musicals shot at Paramount's New York studio in Astoria, Queens. Cary Grant makes his film debut as a sailor cruising the far east in search of whoopee in "Singapore Sue". In "Rhapsody In Black And Blue", Louis Armstrong dons outlandish leopard-skin attire to stand knee-deep in soap bubbles, where he trumpets and sings "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You", while in "Insurance", a manic Eddie Cantor undergoes a balmy medical exam. Another medical check-up, by Dr. Rudy Vallee and Nurse Mae Questel in "Musical Doctor" finds musical deficiencies to be at the root of all ills. Also on tap: serenades both operatic (tenor Nino Martini in "Moonlight And Romance") and hayseed (Eddie Younger and His Mountaineers in "All For The Band"), and two 1931 shorts ("Be Like Me" and "Old Man Blues"), Ethel Merman showing the sweeter and more vulnerable side of her brassy personality.--Back of container.

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