The King of Jazz  [DVD]Paul Whiteman (actor)
Format: all-region dvd (worldwide)
Runtime: 93 min
Quality: Very Good
Considering the array of talent involved and the fact the film was shot in the expensive two-tone Technicolor process, including the first-ever Technicolor animation, it's
amazing that Universal entrusted this prestige project to debutant director John Murray Anderson, the only film he ever directed. However, he produces a stylish revue, showcasing the talents of
songwriters Jack Yellen and Milton Ager, bandleader Paul Whiteman and first-timer Bing Crosby as singer.
However, the highlights are undoubtedly Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and the finale, The
Melting Pot of Music. Yet for all this, it was a spectacular flop, as audiences tired of the early sound era's musical boom.