Review: ‘The King of Jazz’

The King of Jazz as directed by J. Murray Anderson on his first talker attempt cost Universal $2 million in his inexperienced hands.

The King of Jazz as directed by J. Murray Anderson on his first talker attempt cost Universal $2 million in his inexperienced hands.

The millions who never heard the great Paul Whiteman band play George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue won’t hear it here, either. Anderson sees fit to scramble it up with ‘production’. It’s all busted to pieces.

Nothing here counts excepting Whiteman, his band and the finale, ‘The Melting Pot’. This is an elaborately produced number, in the same manner that Anderson or Ziegfeld would have put it on in a stage show.

1929/30: Best Interior Decoration (Herman Rosse)

The King of Jazz

Production

Universal. Director J. Murray Anderson; Camera Hal Mohr, Jerome Ash; Editor Robert Carlisle; Music Ferde Grofe (dir.); Art Director Herman Rosse

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1930. Running time: 98 MIN.

With

Paul Whiteman and His Band John Boles Laura La Plante Jeanette Loff
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