Dudley Murphy on American Music

Friday, October 10, 2008, 8:15 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

Includes the following films:

  • Yamerkraw

    1930. USA. With Louise Cook, Jimmy Mordecai, Murray Roth. Courtesy The Library of Congress, Motion Picture Division. 9 min.

  • Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle

    1923. USA. Courtesy The Library of Congress, Motion Picture Division. Approx. 7 min.

  • Sixteen Sweeties

    1929. USA. With Eddie Elkins and his Orchestra and others. Digital restoration courtesy of Gary Lacher. 20 min.

  • Makers of Melody

    1929. USA. With Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Print courtesy Ron Magliozzi. 18 min.

  • He Was Her Man

    1931. USA. With Gilda Gray. 15 min.

  • Black and Tan

    1929. USA. With Duke Ellington. 19 min.

  • St. Louis Blues

    1929. USA. With Bessie Smith. 15 min.

Avant-garde filmmaker Dudley Murphy, who collaborated with Fernand Léger on Ballet mecanique, felt that the new sound cinema was a perfect vehicle for illustrating the roots of American blues, jazz, and folk music. His trilogy of short musicals, made in New York for RKO and Paramount, are screened together on the same program for what may be the first time.

In the Film exhibition Hollywood on the Hudson: Filmmaking in New York, 1920–39

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