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The King Of Jazz (1930) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film The King Of Jazz

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  • Feature Length Animated Film
  • Distributed by: Universal Studios
  • Cartoon Characters: Paul Whiteman, Lion, Monkey, Elephant.
  • Live-Action Characters: Paul Whiteman, The Rhythm Boys, Walter Brennan, Tommy Atkins, Dagmar Brox, Kathlyn Brox, Lorraine Brox, Eddie Lang, Editor, Secretary.
  • Originally Released in 1930.
  • TechniColor (Two-color)
  • Running Time: 105 minutes.
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

Cartoon Summary:


How was Paul Whiteman crowned the King of Jazz? According to a pioneering five-minute color cartoon at the beginning of this film, he was game hunting "in darkest Africa." Whiteman gets chased by a lion who removes his own (false) teeth and sharpens them to prepare for his next meal. Whiteman whips out a violin and plays "Music Hath Charms," whereupon the lion becomes tame and dances. A monkey hits Whiteman in the head with a coconut, creating a circle of bumps which become a "crown," thus rendering him "King of Jazz."

In this variety show combining songs, sketches and vaudeville blackouts, Whiteman hosts a series of musical numbers with Milton Ager, Roy Bargy, James Dietrich, Irving Friedman, George Gershwin, Eddie Lang, the Rhythm Boys (Harry Barris, Bing Crosby and Al Rinker in Crosby's film debut), Billy Rose, Frankie Trumbauer, Joe Venuti and Mabel Wayne.

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