King of Jazz

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King of Jazz

dance sketch comedy pre-code big band

King of Jazz

Release Date: April 20, 1930

Year    :   1930
Slogan    :   «A NEW ERA in sound and color entertainment!»
Genres    :   Animation, Comedy, Music
Production Companies    :   Universal Pictures
Director    :   John Murray Anderson
Producers    :   Carl Laemmle Jr.
Writers    :   Edward T. Lowe Jr., Harry Ruskin
RunTime    :   98 mins.
Budget    :   2000000

Made during the early years of the movie musical, this exuberant revue was one of the most extravagant, eclectic, and technically ambitious Hollywood productions of its day. Starring the bandleader Paul Whiteman, then widely celebrated as the King of Jazz, the film drew from Broadway variety shows to present a spectacular array of sketches, performances by such acts as the Rhythm Boys (featuring a young Bing Crosby), and orchestral numbers—all lavishly staged by veteran theater director John Murray Anderson.

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