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Film clip of "The World is Waiting for the Sunrise" from Sweet and Lowdown

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Directed by:
Archie Mayo, American, 1891 - 1968  Search this
Subject of:
Benny Goodman, American, 1909 - 1986  Search this
James Cardwell, American, 1921 - 1954  Search this
Owned by:
Ernie Smith, American, ca. 1925 - 2004  Search this
acetate film
Duration (digital file): 00:04:38
Physical extent (film): 250 ft
sound films
black-and-white films (visual works)
16mm (photographic film size)
film clips
Place made:
United States, North and Central America
A 16mm motion picture film of The Benny Goodman Quartet performing "The World is Waiting for the Sunrise" in the 1944 musical film Sweet and Lowdown. It consists of a single reel of positive, black-and-white, 16mm acetate film with variable-density optical sound. The footage opens with Johnny Birch (James Cardwell) and a woman seated at a dinner table. Johnny asks her to join him for a jam session after their drink, to which she responds that she “doesn't do late dates.” In the next scene, Benny Goodman can be seen playing the tune to "The World is Waiting for the Sunrise" with his clarinet while three other band members play the drum, bass guitar and piano. At the end of their performance, Johnny, who is seated in the audience with a female companion, attempts to join the band onstage by playing the trumpet, however, Benny gestures that he shouldn't. Johnny swiftly walks off the stage and exits the venue with his companion in tow.
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Film  Search this
Instrumentalists (Musicians)  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Musical films  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
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture