In his letter of March 18, 1930 to Ruth Shaffner ....

In his letter of March 18, 1930 to Ruth Shaffner ....

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

March 6th, 2017, 7:10 pm #1

.... Bix refers to the "King of Jazz " film as the "King of Jazz Revue."

I found this very interesting: it tells me a lot about Bix's insight.

I remind you that the negotiations between Whiteme and Universal for a suitable script went nowhere for about eight months. Some of the concepts offered by the scriptwriters were:

- A story built around the life of Whiteman.
- Paul Whiteman, with Ruth Etting being considered as a leading lady.
- Paul Whiteman as the romantic lead in the story.
- A story that would capture the essence of the life of a band.

Finally, Universal’s writers came up with the idea of a revue similar to a stage production and Whiteman agreed.

Indeed, the movie consists of a series of short sketches, songs, and dances, in short, a revue.

Albert
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March 6th, 2017, 7:16 pm #2

How did Bix know that "King of Jazz" was a revue on March 18 1930? The premiere tool place on Los Angeles on April 19 1930 in LA. !!!!!!

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March 6th, 2017, 7:55 pm #3

.... "The King of Jazz Revue." Look at this Oct 12, 1929 issue of The Universal Weekly.

http://archive.org/stream/universal2438 ... 5/mode/2up

Also in the New Movie Magazine of Dec 1929.

http://archive.org/stream/newmoviemagaz ... 1/mode/2up

Look at the the three guys with trumpets cornets. Bix is the third from right.

Albert
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March 6th, 2017, 9:36 pm #4

.... Bix refers to the "King of Jazz " film as the "King of Jazz Revue."

I found this very interesting: it tells me a lot about Bix's insight.

I remind you that the negotiations between Whiteme and Universal for a suitable script went nowhere for about eight months. Some of the concepts offered by the scriptwriters were:

- A story built around the life of Whiteman.
- Paul Whiteman, with Ruth Etting being considered as a leading lady.
- Paul Whiteman as the romantic lead in the story.
- A story that would capture the essence of the life of a band.

Finally, Universal’s writers came up with the idea of a revue similar to a stage production and Whiteman agreed.

Indeed, the movie consists of a series of short sketches, songs, and dances, in short, a revue.

Albert
I don't have my copy handy, but I confess it's a slight surprise to be reminded that Bix was corresponding with Ruth in 1930. Did they break up but remain friends? I don't remember how often he was getting to that part of the country in 1930, but it seems like it would not have been that often.
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March 6th, 2017, 10:14 pm #5

The letter begins with an apology: "I could kick myself all over the place for not having written to you before, you sweet old thing."

Albert
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