Jimmie Lunceford and His Dance Orchestra (1936)

Approved   |    |  Short, Music, Musical

In Hell, Satan appears to tell us that rhythm is coming to life again, then we're taken to a sound stage where Jimmie Lunceford conducts his dance orchestra. He's in black tie and a tuxedo ... See full summary »


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27 August 2011 | MartinHafer
| What the Hell?
I am not cursing in my summary. No, this short is about Hell and believe it or not, Vitaphone made several other shorts with similar devilish themes! Jimmie Lunceford is a long-forgotten man. He was a black man who led an orchestra of other black performers. They were a pretty good big band and the short is quite enjoyable. However, the sets and costumes are really the stars of this one! Seeing the band inside a volcano with folks dressed up as demons was definitely eye-catching! The set was actually amazingly good considering that this was a short and considering most studios never would have spent this sort of money for a film with an all-black cast. You have to hand it to Warner Brothers for having the guts and the intelligence to make such a film! You have to see this one to believe it!


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19 December 1936



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