Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1930. Universal Pictures. Screenplay by Harry Ruskin. Cinematography by Jerome Ash, Hal Mohr, Ray Rennahan. Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr.. Costume Design by Herman Rosse. Film Editing by Robert Carlisle.
Haphazard musical beautifully displays the excellent jazz of Paul Whiteman. Set up as a loose series of sketches, the film reaches its high points during the “Happy Feet” number and the many comedic skits that tie the musical numbers together. Filmed mostly in an early process of Technicolour and featuring a brilliantly assembled score, the film also holds a noted place in cinema history: it features the first animated sound film ever, a silly little piece that shows an animated Whiteman discovering jazz in Africa.
Academy Award: Best Art Direction