Vintage Popular Music in American Films

Films featuring American Jazz or Dance Bands 1927-1947

this page first published by John Wright, 26 Oct 1997
last update 2 June

As well as on records, jazz and dance band music was recorded for films during the 78 rpm era. This page continues the list of American films known to feature bands, seen and heard, some not identified. Note: Bands may also appear in films listed in the Entertainers and Popular Song film lists.
If you can add to this list, can fill in any of the gaps or if you know of websites or books dealing with old movies that might have useful information then please e-mail me.

Recent updates to listing:

Updates from 'Who Sang What On The Screen' by Alan Warner (1984)
Updates from 'Black Beauty, White Heat' by Frank Driggs, Harris Lewine (1982)
Updates from 'Jazz In The Movies' by David Meeker (1972)
TV means has been shown on television
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Films : L-R

Ladies' Man1947Spike Jones And His City Slickers

SONGS Cocktails For Two, What Am I Gonna Do About You?, I Gotta Gal I Love, Away Out West, I'm As Ready As I'll Ever Be

Lady Be Good1941Jimmy Dorsey Orch
Eleanor Powell,
Ann Sothern,
Robert Young,
Red Skelton,
Virginia O'Brien
Connie Russell

SONGS Lady Be Good, Hang On To Me, The Last Time I Saw Paris, Fascinatin' Rhythm, You'll Never Know, Your Words And My Music

Lake Placid Serenade1944Ray Noble Orch,
Harry Owens and his Royal Hawaiians

SONGS Deep Purple, My Isle of Golden Dreams, National Emblem March, Winter Wonderland, Intermezzo, Waiting For The Robert E Lee, When Citrus is In Bloom, While Strolling In The Park, Drigo's Serenade

Larceny With Music1943Alvino Rey Orch

SONGS When You Wore A Tulip, For The Want Of You, They Died With Their Boots Laced, Do You Hear Music?, Please Louise, Only In Dreams

Las Vegas Nights
GB: The Gay City
1941Tommy Dorsey Orch
Phil Regan,
Constance Moore,
Frank Sinatra
Bert Wheeler

SONGS Dolores, Song Of India, On Miami Shore, I'll Never Smile Again, I've Gotta Ride, Cocktails For Two, Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

Let's Go Steady1945Skinnay Ennis and his Band
Jackie Moran,
Mel Torme,
June Preisser

SONGS Baby Boogie, Tantza Babele, Sioux Falls S.D.

Let's Make Music1941Bob Crosby Band,
Jean Rogers

SONGS You Forgot About Me, Fight On Newton High, Big Noise From Winnetka, Central Park

Little Miss Broadway1947Jean Porter,
Jerry Wald Orch

SONGS That's Good Enough For Me, A Man Is Brother To A Mule, Judy And Dick, Cheer For The Team

Lost In A Harem1944Jimmy Dorsey Band
Abbott & Costello
Marilyn Maxwell

SONGS What Does It Take?, It Is Written, Sons Of The Desert

Love And Hisses1938Ben Bernie Orch,
Raymond Scott Quintet

SONGS Sweet Someone, Broadway Goes Hawaiian, I Want To Be In Winchell's Column, Be A Good Sport, Lost In Your Eyes, Power House, The Wolf Song, Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup

Make Mine Music1946Benny Goodman Orch,
Benny Goodman Quartet,
Andrews Sisters,
Nelson Eddy,
Andy Russell,
The King's Men,
Ken Darby Chorus,
Jerry Colonna,
Dinah Shore

SONGS All The Cats Join In (BGO), After You've Gone (BGQ), Without You (AR), Johnny Fedora And Alice Blue Bonnet (AS), Shortnin' Bread (NE), The Martins And The Coys (KM), Blue Bayou (KDC), Casey At The Bat (JC), Two Silhouettes (DS), operatic excerpts (NE)

Manhattan Merry Go Round
GB: Manhattan Music Box
1937Ted Lewis Orch,
Cab Calloway Orch,
Louis Prima Orch
Gene Autry

SONGS Mamma I Wanna Make Rhythm, Manhattan Merry-Go-Round, It's Roundup Time In Reno, Heaven?, I Owe You

Many Happy Returns1934Guy Lombardo Orch
Gracie Allen,
George Burns

SONGS Fare Thee Well, I Don't Wanna Play, Boogy Man, The Sweetest Music This Side Of Heaven

Marked Woman1937Red Mack Morris (trumpet)
Bette Davis
Humphrey Bogart

SONGS My Silver Dollar Man

Meet Miss Bobby Socks1944Bob Crosby,
Ina Ray Hutton

SONGS I'm Not Afraid, Fellow On A Furlough, Come With Me Me My Honey, Two Heavens, Deacon Jones

Meet The People1944Vaughn Monroe Orch,
Spike Jones City Slickers,
King Sisters
Lucille Ball,
Dick Powell,
Virginia O'Brien

SONGS Say That We're Sweethearts Again, Meet The People, In Times Like These, Schickelgruber, I Like To Recognize The Tune, It's Smart To Be People

Melody Parade1943Ted Fiorito Orch,
Anson Weeks Orch
Mary Beth Hughes,
Jerry Cooper,
Loumel Morgan Trio

SONGS I Don't Know, The Woman Behind The Man Behind The Gun, Whatever Possessed Me, Amigo, Mr And Mrs Commando, Don't Fall In Love, Speechless

Merry Go-Round Of 19381937Dave Apollon and his Orch
Bert Lahr,
Jimmy Savo

SONGS The Woodman's Song, River Stay Away From My Door, I'm In My Glory, More Power To You, You're My Dish

Moonlight And Cactus1944Andrews Sisters,
Mitchell Ayres Orch

SONGS Send Me A Man, Amen, Wa Hoo, Home, C'Mere Baby, Sing, Down In The Valley, >Heave Ho, My Lads, Heave Ho

Moonlight And Pretzels
or Moonlight And Melody
1933Jack Denny and his Orch
Roger Pryor,
Mary Brian

SONGS Are You Makin' Any Money Baby?, Ah But Is It Love?, Moonlight And Pretzels, Dusty Shoes, Let's Make Love Like The Crocodiles, There's A Little Bit Of You In Every Love Song, Gotta Get Up And Go To Work

Mr Chump1937Johnny Scat Davis
Lola Lane

SONGS As Long As You Live, Bob White, Listen To The Mocking Bird, Show Me The Way To Go Home

Murder At The Vanities1934Duke Ellington Orch
Carl Brisson,
Kitty Carlisle,
Jack Oakie

SONGS Lovely One, Where Do They Come From Now?, Marijuana, Live And Love Tonight, Cocktails For Two, Ebony Rhapsody, Troubled Waters

Murder On Lenox Avenue1941Mamie Smith
Rockland Dictators

SONGS ............

The Music Goes 'Round1936Les Hite Orch
Riley-Farley Onyx Club Band
Harry Richman

SONGS ...........

Music In Manhattan1944Charlie Barnet Orch,
Nilo Menendez Orch
Anne Shirley

SONGS Did You Happen To Find A Heart, One Night In Acapulco, When Romance Comes Along, I Can See You Now, Mexico

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1940Andre Kosteanetz Orch,
Tony Martin
Rita Hayworth

SONGS No Other Love, Punchinello, Oh What A Lovely Dream, Prelude To Love, I've Got Music In My Heart, It's A Blue WorldV

My Favourite Spy1942Kay Kyser Orch
Ellen Drew,
Jane Wyman

SONGS Just Plain Lonesome, Got The Moon In My Pocket

My Gal Loves Music1944Bob Crosby Orch
Grace MacDonald

SONGS Over And Over, I Need Vitamin U, Somebody's Rockin' My Rainbow, Give Out, Pepita

New Orleans1947Louis Armstrong,
Billie Holiday,
Woody Herman Orch,
Kid Ory,
Zutty Singleton,
Barney Bigard,
Meade Lux Lewis,
Dorothy Patrick

SONGS Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?, Endie, The Blues Are Brewin', Where The Blues Were Born In New Orleans, New Orleans Stomp, West End Blues, Buddy Bolden's Blues, Dippermouth Blues, Shim-Me-Sha-Wobble, Honky Tonk Train Blues, Basin Street Blues, Mahogany Hall Stomp, Farewell To Storyville, Maryland, My Maryland

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1942Glenn Miller Orch,
Tex Beneke,
Marion Hutton,
Lynn Bari (Pat Friday dub vocals)

SONGS Serenade In Blue, People Like You And Me, That's Sabotage, I've Got A Girl In Kalamazoo, At LastTV, V

Out Of This World1945bandleaders:
Ray Noble,
Ted Fiorito,
Henry King,
Joe Reichman
Eddie Bracken,
(dubbed by Bing Crosby)
Diana Lynn

SONGS Out Of This World, A Sailor With An Eight Hour Pass, June Comes Around Every Year, Ghost Of Mr Chopin, I'd Rather Be Me, All I Do Is Beat That Golden Drum, It Takes A Little Bit More

Ovoutie O'Rooney1945Slim Gaillard
Sherman 'Scatman' Crothers
Bam Brown

SONGS .............

Paradise In Harlem1939Mamie Smith
Edna Mae Harris
Lucky Millinder Band

SONGS Harlem Blues(MS), Harlem Serenade(EMH), Gotta Put You Down(LMB)

Pardon My Rhythm1944Bob Crosby Orch
Mel Torme
Gloria Jean

SONGS .............

Paris1929Irving Aaronson's Commanders
Jack Buchanan
Irene Bordoni

SONGS Wob-aly Walk, An' Furthermore, Don't Look at Me That Way, My Lover, Crystal Girl, Miss Wonderful, I Wonder What Is Really on His Mind, I'm a Little Negative, Somebody Mighty Like You, Among My Souvenirs

Pennies from Heaven1936Louis Armstrong
Bing Crosby,
Edith Fellows

SONGS Pennies From Heaven, Skeleton In The Closet, One, Two Button Your Shoe, So Do I, Let's Call A Heart A Heart, Now I've Got Some Dreaming To Do, What This Country Needs

Pillow To Post1945Louis Armstrong Orch
Ida Lupino
Sidney Greenstreet

SONGS Whatcha Say?

Pin-Up Girl1944Charlie Spivak Orch
Betty Grable,
Joe E Brown,
Martha Raye

SONGS You're My Little Pin-Up Girl, Time Alone Will Tell, Once Too Often, Yankee Doodle Hayride, Red Robins, Bob Whites and Bluebirds, Don't Carry Tales Out Of School, Story Of The Very Merry Widow

Please?Les Hite Orch
James Cagney

SONGS .........

Pot O' Gold (GB: Golden Horn)1941Horace Heidt Orch
James Stewart
Paulette Goddard

SONGS A Knife, A Fork And A Spoon, Broadway Caballero, Pete The Piper Man, When Johnny Toots His Horn, Hi Cy, What's Cookin'?, Slap Happy Band

Powers Girl (GB: Hello Beautiful)1943Benny Goodman Orch
Carole Landis,
Anne Shirley,
George Murphy,
Dennis Day

SONGS Let's Dance, Three Dreams, Out Of Ths World, The Lady Who Didn't Believe In Love, Partners, We're Looking For The Big Bad Wolf, A Pretty Girl is Like A Melody, I Know That You Know, One O'Clock Jump, Roll 'Em

Presenting Lily Mars1943Bob Crosby & His Bobcats
Tommy Dorsey Orch
Judy Garland,
Annabelle Logan (Annie Ross)

SONGS When I Look At You, Is It Love (Or The Gypsy In Me?), Kulebiaka, Sweethearts Of America, Every Little Movement Has A Meaning Of It's Own, Where There's Music, Three O'Clock In The Morning, Broadway Rhythm, Tom, Tom The Piper's SongTV

Pride Of The Yankees1942Ray Noble Orchestra
Betty Avery

SONGS Always

Private Buckaroo1942Andrews Sisters,
Harry James Orch

SONGS Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree, With Anyone Else But Me, Three Little Sisters, Private Buckaroo, Johnny Get Your Gun Again, We've Got A Job To Do, You Made Me Love You, Six Jerks In A Jeep, That's The Moon My Son

Radio City Revels1938Hal Kemp Orch
Milton Berle,
Jack Oakie

SONGS Goodnight Angel, Love, Honor And Oh Baby, Speak To Your Heart, Why Must I Love You?, Take A Tip From The Tulip, Morning Glories In The Moonlight, I'm Taking A Shine To You, You're The Apple Of My Eye, There's A New Moon Over The Old Mill, Swinging In The Corn

Radio Stars On Parade1945Skinnay Ennis Band
Frances Langford

SONGS I Couldn't Sleep A Wink Last Night, That Old Black Magic

Reveille With Beverly1943Bob Crosby Orch,
Freddie Slack Orch,
Duke Ellington Orch,
Count Basie Orch,
Ray McKinley Orch,
Ella Mae Morse,
Ann Miller,
Mills Brothers,
Frank Sinatra

SONGS Big Noise From Winnetka, Take The A Train, One O'Clock Jump, Cow Cow Boogie, Night And Day, Thumbs Up And V For Victory

Rhapsody In Blue1945Alan Alda (Ray Turner played),
Paul Whiteman,
Al Jolson,
George White,
Hazel Scott,
Joan Leslie (voice of Louanne Hogan)

SONGS Rhapsody In Blue, Somebody Loves Me, Fascinating Rhythm, Delishous, The Man I Love, Mine, Yankee Doodle Blue, Liza, Oh Lady Be Good. Clap Yo' Hands, Bidin' My Time, Love Walked In, Do It Again, I'll Build A Stairway To Paradise, Blue Monday Blues, Swanee, Someone To Watch Over Me, Cuban Overture, An American In Paris, 'S Wonderful, I Got Rhythm, My One And Only, Embraceable You

Rhythm Parade1942Ted Fiorito Orch,
Mills Brothers
Candy Candido,
Gale Storm,
Robert Lowery

SONGS Tooting My Own Horn, Petticoat Army, 'Neath The Yellow Moon, Old Tahiti, You're Drafted, Wait Till The Sun Shines Nellie, Sweet Sue

Ride 'Em Cowboy1942Ella Fitzgerald
Abbott and Costello,
Dick Foran,
Anne Gwynne,
The Merry Macs,
The Hi Hatters,
The Buckaroo Band,
The Ranger Chorus Of Forty

SONGS I'll Remember April, Wake Up Jacob, Beside The Rio Tonto, Rockin''n Reelin', A Tisket-A-Tasket, Give Me My Saddle

Riding High1943Milt Britton's Orch
Dorothy Lamour,
Dick Powell

SONGS You're The Rainbow, Get Your Man, Whistling In The Light, I'm The Secretary To The Sultan, Injun Gal Heep Hep, >Willie The Wolf Of The West, He Loved Me Till The All Clear Came
Rookies On Parade1941Bob Crosby
Eddie Foy, Jr

SONGS The Army Builds Men, I Love You More, Mother Never Told Me Why, My Kinda Love, You'll Never Get Rich, What More Do You Want?, My Kinda Music, Rookies On Parade

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