“Oh, how I’d love to own a fish store!”
Jazz band leader Paul Whiteman introduces a revue of musical and comedic acts.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
This musical tribute to bandleader Paul Whiteman features some surprisingly creative camerawork for such an early cinematic outing, but is decidedly hit-and-miss in terms of its overall entertainment value. There’s an enjoyably risque comedic interlude about premarital sex that catches one by surprise, and it’s fun to see young Bing Crosby as one of The Rhythm Boys — but other numbers are deathly boring and dated. The primary value of this film lies in its historical relevance as a time capsule of Whiteman’s appeal to audiences at the time.
Note: The quote chosen to headline this review is indicative of how random the various vignettes are.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- A few enjoyable and/or surprisingly risque sequences
- Some nifty special effects
- Fine two-strip cinematography
- Creative camerawork
No, though it possesses some value as a time capsule.