Intended as Universal Pictures’ entry in the “all-star musical” cycle of the early talkie era, King of Jazz is certainly the most elaborate of the bunch, though far from the most successful financially.
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The "Rhapsody in Blue" number (in two-color Technicolor) is something to see...part Ziegfeld, part Fantasia, part Busby Berkeley. Not to mention the thrill of hearing Paul Whiteman's orchestra perform the definitive version of the song. This is one of the few revue-style films of the early sound period that doesn't require liberal use of the fast-forward button.