September 8, 2019 Subject:
Entertaining enough for a glimpse at actors with short-lived careers and Franklin Pangborn singing. According to IMDb, all the actors sang their songs - no dubbing here. The story is rather silly - a girl (Dorothy Dare) with pretensions about "high art" versus that common jazz stuff - gets her chance, flops and then, with her boyfriend's help (Frank Luther) rises again and comes out on top. Dare is attractive, sings well enough and is decent dancer. Luther was a radio personality and recording artist specializing in children's songs, old standards, and "hillbilly" music - he has a pleasing tenor voice and a passable screen presence. Neither pursued a film career - Luther had his music and Dare we know little about. I had no idea that Pangborn could sing so well (assuming that is really him singing) - neither his IMDb or Wikipedia bios mention anything about his being a capable singer. The Downey Sisters were a good trio - there is no info available about them on the web, save that they were in "High Hat" and another film. Black entertainer Clarence Muse and a mixed black and white, male and female chorus sing "Go Congo", which Muse wrote. Unfortunately they rig him out in a suit and a top hat, carrying a spear and shield. The chorus is adorned in feathered headgear, grass skirts, halter tops and carry spears as well - they are singing about the Congo. What can one say, save that this was typical of the treatment of black performers at that time - even in "race" films made for, and almost exclusively seen, by black audiences. The music is nothing special. Call the film an entertaining curiosity.
August 6, 2012 Subject: