Sin-copation (1938)

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Hades is cooling off, so the Devil imports Leon Navara and his Orchestra to put on some heat using their music instruments. Navara does some piano solos, while the dance team of Honey & ... See full summary »


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1 May 2011 | Michael_Elliott
The Devil Needs Music
Sin-Copation (1938)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Satan returns home to Hell shocked to see that it's cooling off so he quickly gets on the phone with his agent and demands that he do something about it. The agent sends down Leon Navara and his Orchestra who are the "hottest" (get it?) thing going at the time. Sure enough Navara gets down there and even Satan is impressed with how hot they are. If you go through enough of these Warner shorts you'll notice that just about every type of storyline was at least tried once and this time we get Hell freezing over and needing some music to warm it up. That's a pretty good set-up and for the most part the short works, although I think it's fair to say that all the music numbers could have been a tad bit better. Navara mainly stays on the piano as his band members do everything else and while there isn't a number that really jumps out, they're all at least worth sitting through once. The film even lets Satan ask a few questions of Navara including why he wanted to mix in a piano with this orchestra band. One of the music numbers features some trick photography of a small band standing on Navara's piano as they perform.

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Short | Comedy | Music

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$8,000 (estimated)

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