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Jivin' in Be-Bop (1946)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music
A musical film in the style of a documentary, featuring 19 musical and dance numbers, by many notable musicians.


Leonard Anderson, Spencer Williams (co-director)


Powell Lindsay


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Complete credited cast:
Dizzy Gillespie ... Himself
Freddie Carter Freddie Carter ... Master of Ceremonies
Sahji Sahji ... Herself (Lead exotic dancer)
Helen Humes Helen Humes ... Herself (Lead singer)
James Moody James Moody ... Himself
Milt Jackson Milt Jackson ... Himself (Xylophonist)
Ray Brown Ray Brown ... Himself (Bass, Gillespie orchestra)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Audrey Armstrong Audrey Armstrong ... Herself
Dolores Brown Dolores Brown ... Herself
Ralph Brown Ralph Brown ... Himself (Tap dancer)
Dan Burley Dan Burley ... Himself
Dave Burns Dave Burns ... Himself
Benny Carter Benny Carter ... Himself
Kenny Hagood Kenny Hagood ... Himself (as Pancho)
Henny Henny ... Himself


A musical film in the style of a documentary, featuring 19 musical and dance numbers, by many notable musicians.

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Top stars in sensational musical variety revue!


Documentary | Music


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Company Credits

Production Co:

Alexander Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Salt Peanuts
Written by Kenny Clarke and Dizzy Gillespie
Performed by Dizzy Gillespie and his Orchestra
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The Dizzy Gillespie Variety Hour? How cool is that?
2 June 2006 | by donjmillerSee all my reviews

This was recently shown on the Black Family Channel, and (as a Jazz musician myself) I had to check it out. I mean, 1946 footage of Dizzy Gillespie? Not something you see that often. My expectations were moderate, though, having seen some of the strange vehicles musicians have been roped into, attempting to blend some kind (any kind) of plot with their music.

This is emphatically not that. Although the print shows its age at times, and synchronization was a occasionally off ('course, maybe they weren't performing live for the film's sound track ...), this is a well-crafted hour full of solid entertainment. Singers, instrumentalists, dancers both male and female, even comedy. Add to that getting to see such performers as Milt Jackson, Ray Brown, Benny Carter and Gillespie himself, along with many more, in what amounts to a front-row seat for a very cool variety show, photographed intelligently and orchestrated to please. Includes Salt Peanuts and Night In Tunisia; many of the numbers don't show the musicians, which I was sorry for, but overall, the show is great fun.

If you're a fan of Jazz and Bebop, Dance, and/or Dizzy Gillespie, and you get a chance to watch this, prepare to be entertained.

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