Frances Carroll & 'The Coquettes' (1940)

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Bandleader Carroll leads The Coquettes, an all-female band, in several swing tunes.


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Roy Mack

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9 May 2011 | boblipton
| Leader of a Big Time Band
Roy Mack shoots this Vitaphone band number in the same way that had become standard with the earliest efforts at the studio: orchestra on a raised stage, leader in front, an almost immobile camera, although it does dolly forward at the beginning and out at the end. While there is a dance interlude, the camera does move to keep the dancer in focus at all times. However, besides these moments, interest is maintained by a fairly rapid cutting rate and middling odd point of view shots.

The music is fairly good swing from the era, with a lot of speed and decent bounce, particularly in the solo numbers. Miss Frances also seems to be swinging a bigger stick than any other orchestra leader I've seen, but maybe that's my masculine pride being buffeted.


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17 February 1940



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