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Produced by:
Gordon Hollingshead, American, 1892 - 1952  Search this
Subject of:
The Three Whippets, American  Search this
Cab Calloway, American, 1907 - 1994  Search this
The Five Racketeers, American  Search this
Adelaide Hall, American, 1901 - 1993  Search this
Fayard Nicholas, American, 1914 - 2006  Search this
Harold Nicholas, American, 1921 - 2000  Search this
Eunice Wilson, American, 1911 - 1984  Search this
Owned by:
Ernie Smith, American, ca. 1925 - 2004  Search this
acetate film
Duration (digital file): 00:09:39
Physical extent (film): 400 ft
sound films
black-and-white films (visual works)
short subjects
16mm (photographic film size)
Place made:
United States, North and Central America
A motion picture film with the title Dixieland Jamboree. It consists of a single reel of positive, black-and-white, 16mm acetate film with bilateral variable-area optical sound. It opens with footage of people working in a field and a narrator saying, "Always, music has been an intimate part of a people's existence and in America, the negro has given to music a newer, greater significance…" Short clips of different musical performances accompany his commentary, sometimes including scenes from the film Jammin' the Blues. At 00:00:53, singer/actress Eunice Wilson and vaudeville entertainers Five Racketeers can be seen performing on stage. In the next scene, The Three Whippets, dressed as chefs, are seen performing acrobatics on a stage. In the subsequent scene, Adelaide Hall sings on a stage while a pianist plays behind her. The penultimate act features the Nicholas Brothers tap dancing, while the final scene showcases Cab Calloway and His Orchestra performing onstage.
African American  Search this
Film  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Anonymous Gift in memory of Ernest (Ernie) R. Smith, Jazz Historian
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
© Warner Brothers Pictures
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture