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The Music Racket (1930)

An office with two stuffy guys of the music business, one of them Mac who says to "keep that dame away," when Trixie Brown has come by to sing for them, and he thinks she's awful. But when ... See full summary »
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Lee Morse Lee Morse ... Lee Morse
Leo Donnelly Leo Donnelly ... Mac
June Clayworth ... Trixie Brown
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An office with two stuffy guys of the music business, one of them Mac who says to "keep that dame away," when Trixie Brown has come by to sing for them, and he thinks she's awful. But when Trixie barges in on her own, Mac turns on his friendly face and tells her to wait in room number three, where he'll be in to listen to her. He then passes through the tin pan alley offices, quickly side-tracked when he sees Lee Morse with a piano man practicing a number. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Genres:

Musical | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lee Morse ('The Southern Aristocrat of Song') in 'The Music Racket' See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone Production Reel #1004. See more »

Soundtracks

Mail Man Blues
(uncredited)
Written and performed by Lee Morse
Sung while sitting on the porch
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I hope you like the voice of Lee Morse...I just didn't get it.
23 January 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I recent watched a bunch of Vitaphone's experimental films that were included in the 3-disk set for "The Jazz Singer" and found I really liked these old musical shorts. So, I checked online and found a few of them posted and gave them a look. Unlike the ones on the DVDs, the ones floating around the web have pretty horrid sound and picture--like they badly needed restoration. The fact, though, that any exist out there is pretty amazing as the sound was stored separately on a record that tended to degrade fast (only about 20 playings) and the nitrate film was highly combustible and degrades over time. So the condition of THE MUSIC RACKET is certainly understandable. By the way, 1930 was the last year this odd sound system was used by the studio--switching to the easier to use sound-on-film system.

In this case, Lee Morse sings with a very unusual style. Her voice sounds almost like Ethel Waters AND a yodeling cowboy singer combined! The overall effect is unique...though also very unpleasant. She sings a couple numbers--one while a group of black kids dance about. Perhaps this film is important historically but that's about all it has going for it.


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