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Bars and Stripes (1937)

Approved | | Short, Music | 20 February 1937 (USA)
This "tabloid musical" short showcases bandleader Dick Winslow and singer Veola Vonn in a plot similar to O'Henry's "The Cop and the Anthem."


Joseph Sherman


Jean Plannette (screenplay), Mauri Grashin (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Veola Vonn Veola Vonn ... Betty, the Singer (as Vyola Von)
Dick Winslow ... Bill Forrest
Maynard Holmes ... Johnny, the Tuba Player


Bill Forrest and his orchestra, the Melodaires, are preparing for what they consider their big break, a local radio broadcast which, if well received, means they will get a long term advertising contract. They need as much practice time as they can get. A wrench is thrown into their rehearsal time when Bill is arrested and jailed for five days, five crucial practice days. The orchestra can't rehearse without Bill. Betty, the lead singer, comes up with a plan: the orchestra get arrested too so that they can all rehearse in jail with Bill. The plan goes off without a hitch, except that Johnny, Betty's boyfriend and the orchestra's tuba player, misses the incident in which everyone else got arrested. As hard as Johnny tries, he can't seem to get arrested. Just as everyone else is released from jail, Johnny finally gets arrested, his jail term which runs into the scheduled radio broadcast. They can't perform without Johnny, so they have to figure a way to get him out, or conversely bring ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

20 February 1937 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the Sweet Land of Swing
Written by Chet Forrest and Bob Wright
Sung by Veola Vonn
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Pleasant enough
22 May 2012 | by howardeismanSee all my reviews

This is a pleasant enough one gag musical short. Both the music and the story work, but you'll be amused, not impressed.

The curiosity here is the singer (and lead), Vyola Von. She is in her late teens or early twenties, bouncy, sort of cute, not a great singer and not a great beauty. About 15 years later, she reappears as Veola Vonn with small roles in a number of full features. Now she plays a strikingly attractive and very shapely sexpot, often a Frenchwoman busily seducing the likes of Lou Costello or Huntz Hall. You have to look closely to determine that it is the same person. She doesn't seem to have had any extensive cosmetic surgery, she just has filled out, aged very well, and plays a different character.

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