Paul Tremaine and His Aristocrats (1929)

  |  Musical, Short


The popular jazz band in performance. The numbers presented include "I've Been Working on the Railroad," "On the Road to Mandalay," "Chinese Dream," "Fanfare" and "Here Comes the Showboat."


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23 January 2010 | MartinHafer
6
| Not great nor especially inspired, but still pleasant and entertaining.
A Vitaphone film, this Warner Brothers short apparently was one created using a very complicated system through which an accompanying record was synchronized with a movie camera. There were several serious setbacks for such a system (such as if a film skipped--it became out of sync for the rest of the film plus the records quickly wore out--and 20 showings was the normal life-span of the records) and even though it produced excellent sound, it was eventually replaced. The last of the Vitaphone films were made in 1930, then the studio switched to the standard sound-on-film system.

Unlike the typical Vitaphone short, this one begins with an actual shot of a train leaving the station. Then, abruptly, the scene changes to a typical Vitaphone set and you see Paul Tremaine and his orchestra singing and playing the music for "I've Been Working on the Railroad". The song is just okay--mostly because I have noticed that in such Vitaphone shorts the singing voices tend to sound rather thin while the music comes in loud and clear. The follow up pieces come off better, as the singing is not as important to the music. None of it is particularly great but it also is pretty well done and pleasant.

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Release Date:

10 April 1929

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

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