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10/10
A Unviersal short
mmcgee28230 March 2018
Warning: Spoilers
This was part of the restored version of king of jazz.Walter Winchell is playing himself ,not finding anything at the moment to gossip about,at a hotel dining club.He talks to two gangster bored,who just made some money from shipping boot leg booze.One made 25000 dollars. Walter bumps into a visitor who claims to be amateur Gossip columnist from out of town ,played by Joan Castle.He take her in and you see all the celebrates in the club.Ruth Etting notices Winchell with that girl and wants to know who she is .You see Paul Whitemen and his band and one of his female singers,this was before Ramona become one of the member of the band.It looks as if Paul whiteman lost a couple of pounds in this film.Winchell introduces the girl to the bootleggers and the younger one dances with her.Then you see the newer version of the rhythm boys playing.Well, she state that she has to go bake to her hotel due to curfew.Winchell at a speak easy meet the two bootleggers and one complains that his money is missing,25000 dollars,and blame Winchell.Both start to blame Winchell,then,they all see that girl at the speak easy.She see them and she takes off and they run after her.All three catches up with her .It Turns out that shes a well known new York pick pocket .She give back the gangsters money and give Winchell his watch back and takes off.It turns out that he did not know every one and every racket.This was fun and entertaining.03/29/18
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7/10
Entertaining
Maliejandra21 August 2017
Walter Winchell feels like he knows everyone and what they're about. He's bored and doesn't want to bore his audiences with the same old gossip. When a pretty young reporter (Joan Castle) from out of town comes to his table, he enthusiastically welcomes her and begins introducing her to everyone. He introduces Paul Whiteman and the Rhythm Boys (minus Bing Crosby) and points out Ruth Etting. He also brings her into a conversation with a couple of noted gangsters, which doesn't turn out the way he planned.

Winchell had loads of personality and makes a good star of this fun short, a nice combination of "look at the celebrities" and a simple story.

I saw this film screened at Capitolfest in 2017.
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Flash! Good evening Mr. and Mrs. America, and all the ships at sea!
wmorrow598 May 2017
When this novelty short was produced Walter Winchell was the most famous gossip columnist in America, back when that meant something. He was very well connected, not only in show business circles—as a former vaudevillian—but among celebrities in general: socialites, gangsters and G-Men alike. Like the title says, he knew everybody and everybody's racket, and was said to be perfectly willing to use his power to intimidate critics, rivals and enemies, of which he had many. The man was famous all right, and widely feared, but not beloved.

In this short Winchell stars as himself, and comes off as surprisingly benign and soft-spoken. (Maybe he wanted to prove he wasn't such a bad guy.) We find him hanging out in a nightclub, watching Paul Whiteman's Orchestra perform, restless and frustrated because he's unable to come up with material for his column. He has a brief exchange with a pair of elegantly dressed crooks, but there appears to be nothing unusual about that; it's all in a night's work. Winchell is on his way out of the place when he happens to meet an attractive, dewy-eyed young woman who tells him she admires him. She explains that in her hometown in Pennsylvania she writes a column patterned after his, and would love to get some pointers from him on how to pick up gossip concerning the rich and famous.

Thus our framework is set: Winchell takes the young lady back inside, and proceeds to point out various celebrities at their tables. We get quick glimpses of performers such as Ruth Etting and Arthur "The Street Singer" Tracy. Unfortunately neither one sings, but the Whiteman Orchestra does present a number by the Rhythm Boys. The group turns out to be a quartet, not the famous trio of Crosby, Barris & Rinker, but their number is enjoyable nonetheless.

Eventually, those gangsters we met earlier come back into the picture, and a controversy erupts concerning some missing money. This new complication builds to an unexpected twist at the fade-out, complete with an amusing punchline. It's surprising to find that Winchell had a sense of humor about his own image, in that he allowed himself to be portrayed as something of a sucker on this occasion. Is it possible he wasn't such a bad guy after all? This short would have you believe it.
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5/10
And Everyone Knows Yours
boblipton6 May 2017
Walter Winchell appears as himself, haunting the night spots of Broadway, getting the dope on everyone and hob-nobbing with swells and racketeers in this short. He's met Joan Castle, a tyro on the Broadway beat from a hick town, and he gets a kick out of showing off his connections.

Paul Whiteman and his orchestra offer a few songs in this one, and Ruth Etting and a few other current celebrities show their faces. It's the sort of a movie that was meant for Universal Picture's bread-and-butter market, the independent movie theater that changed its program several times a week and whose audiences would appreciate the view of sophistication -- and the cute gag at the end, aimed at the sophisticated swells.
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