THE STORY OF THE "SOUNDIES"

As outlined in what is the only known reference book on the subject,  The Soundies Distributing Corporation of America A History and Filmography of Their “Jukebox” Musical Films of the 1940s, by Maurice Terenzio, Scott MacGillivray, and Ted Okuda (McFarland1954), “Soundies” are now a generic term for short films (mostly 3 mins. 8 secs.) that were produced by a number of different companies for play in a short-lived video “jukebox” invented in 1938 by Gordon Keith Woodard, a Los Angeles dentist.  Dubbed “Cinematone” machines, they were tested in several Los Angeles area bars.  Woodard dropped out for lack of funds; on February 12, 1940, James Roosevelt (son of FDR) and The Mills Novelty Company (the foremost manufacturer of conventional jukeboxes) “joined forces as Globe-Mills Productions to market their “Panoram” coin-operated movie jukeboxes,” formally introduced in September, 1940.  

The devices utilized up to eight short films in a continuous loop, separated by notches in the print.  With reverse titles, the films were projected into a mirror that reflected the image, reversed, onto a screen; as a dime was inserted, the film strip would move to the next song.  The devices were serviced regularly, requiring a constant output of new short films.  Glove-Mills split itself into two units; Roosevelt’s produced under the “Globe Productions” name, and Mills’ film distribution office became “The Soundies Distributing Corporation of America.”  Several other groups both produced the short films, and manufactured and released their own “visual jukeboxes.”  The primary market target were taverns near military bases; hence, the genres tended to be those that would appeal to servicemen – stripteases, vaudeville acts,  and most of all, dance music with vocals.  The earliest “Soundies” were heavy on pageantry; subsequently, budgets went down; “Compensating somewhat for the almost audacious cheapness of Soundies is their lack of pretense.  They may be cute or corny, but they don’t try to be too ambitious or take themselves too seriously..."


Interestingly, the armed forces were segregated at that the time, as were many of the bars and restaurants adjoining the military bases, many of which were in the South.  The "Soundies" were mostly similarly segregated -- the ones intended for the devices placed in locales catering to Whites, had all-White performers; the ones intended for the devices placed in locales catering to Blacks, had all-Black performers.  Somewhere in the middle were the Soundies with Hawaiian themes.

Establishing the new industry was uphill – wartime shortages impacted both jukebox manufacturing and film production;, a recording ban by James C. Petrillo’s American Federation of Musicians pushed Soundies producers into “no name” singers and groups until the 1943 lifting of the band opened the way go “name” performers; the major film studios produced numerous musical comedies and extracted the musical numbers for shorts; local jurisdictions raised taxes on the machines. Production by the Soundies Distributing Corporation of America ended in 1946; by 1947, the industry was effectively out of business.  Along the way, competition arose, with something close to a dozen different entities producing the musical shorts.  After the industry died, the three major home movie companies, Official Films, Castle Films, and Blackhawk Films, repackaged the productions by genre, two or three to a release, either reprinted the reverse titles or just clipped them off.  

In the years that followed, new people took a shot at “video jukeboxes;” “Many surviving mini-musicals were produced especially for television.  These are known as “telescriptions” – the name combines “television” with “transcriptions” (records intended for broadcast).  Snader Telespcriptions, produced between 1950 and 1952, usually featured a popular orchestra or vocalist of the era (Charlie Barnet, Ralph Flanagan, Leo Diamond, The Delta Rhythm Boys, Denise Lor, Korla Pandit).... Studio Telescriptions were produced in 1952 and 1953.... A 1960s attempt to revive the idea of a visual jukebox, Scopitone, vanished so quickly that to this day many film enthusiasts are unaware of the firm’s existence.  Like Soundies, Scopitones ran three minutes in length, and most featured established musical talent... The resemblance to Soundies ends there, because Scopitones (which first appeared in Europe) boasted two technical improvements: color photography...and magnetic soundtracks.  Before Scopitone, mini-musicals were always filmed in black-and-white using optical soundtracks...these...refinements... made Scopitones incompatible with Soundies and telescriptions.”  Included in these “Soundies-like” productions are “Vis-o-graph,” “Featurettes,” and “Telescriptions.”

After the U.S. declared war in December, 1941, Soundies Distributing Corporation  reorganized, and began hastily making films that could be considered supportive of the war effort; war materiel shortages meant that the company’s output of Panoram machines was much reduced, so that it had to concentrate on servicing the machines already in use.   At the same time, the public’s attention was increasingly devoted to the war, and by 1942 business had dropped to a fraction of what it had been.  The company reorganized its film unit. 

“Whatever the reason, the Soundies Distributing Corporaiton stopped servicing the jukebox  trade in 1947.  Television was making rapid advances, and the Panoram machine could not compete with the appeal of TV.  No longer would Soundies’ familiar “opening curtain” unveil music and dance to the public....”


We have done extensive research into our Soundies; many of the performers are long-forgotten.  Their appearances in the Soundies are the only visible record of them.  Other performers are famed even today.  The Mr. FAT-W Soundies DVDs have not been edited by race or fame; they constitute a musical "buffet" of this genre.  The Mr. FAT-W Soundies DVDs are all available on Amazon.com, and will in time be available at our eBay store; these are the links to each:




MR. FAT-W SOUNDIES DVDs

​THE MR. FAT-W SOUNDIES DVD CATALOG


SOUNDIES – DAVID AMRAM EDITION  60 minutes, Color/B&W.  Contents:
(1) “Shine” –  9/4/44, Bob Howard
(2) “Twelfth Street Rag” -2/16/41, Charles “Buddy” Rogers and His Orchestra, Bobby Sherwood
(3) “Blues In The Night” – 1/28/42,  Cab Calloway and His Orchestra,The Cabaliers (the Four Palmer       Brothers, vocal quartet)
(4) “Cielito Lindo” – 10/13/41, The Four King Sisters, “Skeets” Herfurt, Dick Morgan, Alvino Rey and       His Orchestra
(5) “El Cumbachero” – Telescription, date unknown; The DeCastro Sisters
(6)  “Sophisticated Lady”-- 1952, Duke Ellington and his Orchestra
(7)   “Hot In The Groove” – 12/14/42,  Erskine Hawkins and his Jiving Sepia Scorchers
(8) “The Minute Waltz” – 6/5/44, Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra
(9)  “Come To Baby Do” –  2/25/46, The King Cole Trio (Nat “King” Cole, Oscar Moore, Johnny                   Miller”)
(10) “Au Reet” – 10/11/43, Jimmy Dorsey and Orchestra,Helen O’Connell
(11) “Thanks For The Boogie Ride” – 2/9/42, Anita O’Day, Roy Eldredge, “The Ace Drummer Man            Gene Krupa and His Orchestra”
(12)  “Ozzie Nelson Blues” –  2/15/43,  Hal and Honey Bee, The Collegiates, Ozzie Nelson [Rickey Nelson’s father, and part of the famed “Ozzie and Harriet” radio team] and his Orchestra
(13) “What More Can A Woman Do?” – 1951, Peggy Lee, Dave Barbour
(14) “Tyrone Shapiro” – 10/6/41, Willie Howard, Sam Medoff Orchestra

SOUNDIES,  VOLUME 1 56 minutes, B&W.  Contents:
(1) “Back Home in Indiana”    (The Mel-Tones)    
(2) “Ana Lani” (Ray Kinney and his Orchestra and The Aloha Maids)
(3) “You’ve Got Everything”(Earl Oxford, Carlyn Truax)
(4) “They’re Goin’ to Build A Monument” (Bergin Kane, The Delegates)
(5) “Faust” (Day, Dawn, and Dusk)
(6) “There Won’t Be A Shortage of Love” (Teddy Powell and His Orchestra, Peggy Mann)
(7) “Phil the Fluters’s Ball” (John Feeney, Frank Denning and His Orchestra)
(8) “Loretta” (Don Wilson (Announcer), Ronnie Kemper, Billie Mayshell, Ozzie Nelson and his
      Orchestra)
(9) “Hot In The Groove” (Erskin Hawkins and The Scorchers)
(10) “Pipe Dreams” (Tommy Reynolds and his Orchestra, Donald Scott)
(11) “That’s All Brother, That’s All” (The Terry Twins, Jerry Bowne and his Orchestra)
(12) “Lazybones” (Hoagy Carmichael; Dorothy Dandridge, Floyd O’Brian and Peter Ray appear
       as dancers only; Bob Crosby and His Bobcats)
(13) “Rug Cutters Holiday” (Freddie and Flo, Slap and Happy, Snap and Snappy)
(14) “Tenement Symphony” (Bob Carroll, Joe Reichman and his Orchestra)
(15) “Manhattan” (Grace McDonald, George Steiner Orchestra)
(16) “You’re Unfair to Me” (Florence Pepper and The Cameo Girls; David Rose Orchestra)
(17) “I Wanna  Foof on a Fife” (Nick Cochrane; The Mercer Brothers; Jan Garber and His
       Orchestra)
(18)  “Showbar Frolics” (The Smoothies (Bob, Charlie and Little) and The Cappy Barra
         Harmonica Boys; Phil King Orchestra)
(19) “Legs Ain’t No Good” (Edna Mae Harris and “Slim” Thomas)

SOUNDIES, VOLUME 2 54 minutes, B&W
(1)  “Chi Chi Castenango” –     Marilyn Hare and the Paragons
(2)  “Say Si Si” – Harry Lefcourt’s Red Jackets, with Frankie Little, Sande Dancers
(3) “I Look At You” – Rita Rio (Dona Drake), Alan Ladd (lip synchs to vocal by Harry Babbitt)
(4) “Ya’  Sure – Ya’ Betcha” – Greta Granstedt, Sigfrid Tor, Hal Borne and His Orchestra
(5) “I Love You Much Too Much” – Dave Schooler and His Twenty-One Swinghearts
(6)  “Delilah” – Evelyn Dall, American actress/singer; musical number extracted from 1941 British              movie “He Found A Star” which also starred Sarah Churchill
(7) “Hungarian Dance” – Emery Deutsch and his Orchestra; Dance Interpretation by Beth Dean (with       tambourine)
(8) “Paris Is Gay Again” – Elaborate production number, with big band, girl singer, a mini-chorus line       showing a lot of leg; produced 10/20/44, after WWII liberation of Paris; cast a mystery
(9) “Rain On The Roof” – Maxine Gray, The Cameo Girls, David Rose Orchestra
(10) “Hats Off” – The Winnie Hoveler Dancers, Ruth Godfrey
(11) “Sailboat In The Sky” – Johnny Johnston, Ann Carmichael, Don Kent, Hal Borne and his                      Orchestra
(12) “Salome” – Evelyn Dall, American actress/singer; musical number extracted from 1941 British             movie “He Found A Star” which also starred Sarah Churchill
(14) “Conga Loca” – Nano Rodrigo and His Orchestra; Lola and Andre
(15) “I Wanna Make Him Whistle” – Isabelita (Lita Baron)        
(16) “The Freedom Can Can” – Marilyn Hightower, Kirk Wood
(17) “Heaven Help A Sailor” – The Seven Sarongs, Jack Shilkret     Orchestra        
(18) “Five Foot Two” – Bob Manners, The Music Makers    
(19) “There’s a Pampas Moon on the Campus” --Diana Del Rio, Hal Borne and His Orchestra
(20) “Sticks and Stones” – Rita Rio (Dona Drake)

SOUNDIES VOLUME 3  54 minutes, B&W
(1) “Joseph ‘N His Brudders” – June Richmond, Tiny Grimes and His Orchestra
(2) “Big Fat Butterfly” – Gene Rodgers and The Vs
(3) “Shine” – Bob Howard
(4) “Ozzie Nelson Blues” – Hal and Honey Bee, The Collegiates, Ozzie Nelson and his Orchestra
(5)  “Hold That Tiger” – Victor Young and His Orchestra
(6) “Boardwalk Boogie” – Will Bradley and His Orchestra, featuring Ray McKinley    
(7) “Coax Me A Little Bit” – Eddie LeBarron and His Orchestra, with Sue Stanley
(8) “Say Si Si” – Harry Lefcourt’s Red Jackets, with Frankie Little, Sande Dancers
(9) “Carry Me Back To The Lone Prairie” – Carson Robison and His Buckaroos (Pearl Pickins, Bill           Mitchell, John Mitchell)
(10) “Where The Mountains Meet The Sky” – Dick Thomas
(11) “I’m An Old Cowhand” – Gus Van, Ray Bloch and His Orchestra
(12) “On The Campus” – “Far Above Cayuga’s Waters” (Cornell), “When Washington and Lee                   Men...” (Washington and Lee”) – The Collegians, Ray Bloch and His Orchestra
(13) “Ding-A-Lay-O” – The Carnival Chorus, Ray Bloch and His Orchestra
(14) “Showboat Melodies” – The Marshalls
(15) “Waiting For The Robert E. Lee” – The Dixiairs, Ray Bloch and His Orchestra
(16) “Dear Old Southland” – The Dixiairs, Ray Bloch and His Orchestra
(17) “Minnie From Trinidad” – Luba Malina, Frank Denning and his Orchestra
(18) “The Biggest Aspidastra In The World” – Johnny Messner and His Orchestra
(19) “The Fan Dance” – Sally Rand, music by Lud Gluskin 
    
SOUNDIES VOLUME 4 60 minutes, B&W
(1)   “Lullaby In Swing” – The Mellowaires, Lud Gluskin Orchestra
(2) “Sticks and Stones” –  Rio Rita (Dona Drake), 4 Black tap dancers in abbreviated costumes
(3)   “Conga Loca” – Nano Rodrigo and his Orchestra 
(4) “Now” – Vera Barton, Ann Parker, The Shadowettes
(5) “I Like A Balalaika” – The King’s Men, Sammy Wolf, The David Rose Orchestra
(6) “I Wanna Be Loved” – Fifi D’Orsay, George Steiner Orchestra
(7) “At Little Country Tavern” --Gilbert Frye and Elinore Conn
(8) “Rhumba New York” – Caridad Garcia, Gerald Marks Orchestra
(9) “I Got Spurs That Jingle Jangle Jingle” (“Jingle, Jangle, Jingle”) – Dick Thomas,Billy Bletcher,            Jimmie Grier
(10) “Take Me Back to My Boots and Saddle” –Carson Robison and His Buckaroos
(11) “When It’s Springtime In The Rockies”/”Home On The Range” – Carson Robison and His                     Buckaroos (Pearl Pickins, Bill Mitchell, John Mitchell)
(12) “Deep In The Heart Of Texas” – Lew Hearn, Phyllis Kenny, Van Alexander and His Orchestra
(13) “Put Your Little Foot Right Out” – Texas Jim Lewis and His Lone Star Cowboys, Coby Jones
(14) “Goin’ To The Barn Dance Tonight” – Carson Robison and His Buckaroos (Pearl Pickins, Bill               Mitchell, John Mitchell)
(15) “I’m A Tough Hombre” – Another mystery, but probably Tex Ritter
(16) “Montana Plains” (“I Want to Drink My Java From An Old Tin Can Out On Montana Plains”) – The Emerson Mountaineers (Tom Emerson’s Hillbillies)
(17) “Buffalo Gals” – Denver Darling and His Hill Billies
(18) “My Chickashay Gal” – Spade Cooley and his Western Gang, Patricia McMahon, Smokey                     Rogers    
(19) “Jiveroo” – Harry Day and Della, The June Taylor Dancers
(20)   “Shame on You” – Spade Cooley and His Western Dance Gang,Patricia McMahon
(21) “Merry Go Roundup” – Gale Storm, The Dorn Brothers and Mary,The Palladium Handicap                  Girls, Bob Crosby and His Bobcats
(22) “Swing Shift Swing” – Gael Amber, Joe Reichman and His Orchestra

SOUNDIES VOLUME 5 53 minutes, B&W
(1) “Oh Susana” – The Charioteers, George Steiner Orchestra
(2) "Ballroom" – another mystery; a couple in formal clothes twirls around an elaborate “ballroom”
      set to a medly of vaguely recognizable numbers, with music by an anonymous uncredited big                 band. 
(3) “Jive, Little Gypsy, Jive” – Diana Castillo, The Three Cheers, Bobby Sherwood and his Orchestra
(4) “A Jazz Etude” – One of the very first Soundies (1/1941), composed and played by Lothar Perl;             danced by Billy Burt; faint background title indicates that the band is the “Gray Gordon                       Orchestra.”  
(5)  Elaborate production with a mellow big band with smiling bandleader as background to
      couple in formal dress dancing several different styles; otherwise unidentified
(6) Elaborate production number with mellow big band backup and various jitterbugging couples               apparently at a dance party; otherwise unidentified
(7) “Rotary Swing” – Carol Parker, Ivan Scott and His Orchestra
(8) “Wileing Away The Time” – The Three Wiles (vaudevile tap dancers)
(9) “Side Street” – Jayne and Roye Dodge
(10) “Maharaja” – Hal and Betty Takier dance team
(11) “Sugar Hill Masquerade” – “Hot Lips Fuller, Trumpeteer,” “Rubber Arms Marshall, Drummer,”         Whitey’s [i.e., Arthur Whit’s] Lindy Hoppers,” Walter Fuller
(12) “Sophisticated Hula” – Paul Page
(13) “The Magic Carpet” – Jerry Bergen, Jade Rhodora
(14) “Fancy To You” – Jimmie Alexandre (James Alexander), Jane Starr
(15) “The Bubble Dance” – Sally Rand, music by Lud Gluskin 
(16) “Hoops My Dear” – Jeanne Staff
(17) “Cave Man” – Artie” Conroy, Clarence Nordstrom, Jack Shilkret Orchestra
(18) “The Big Rock Candy Mountain” – Harry McClintock, Hal Borne and His Orchestra
(19) “The Tinkle Song” – The Maxwell Girls, Connie Maxwell Orchestra

SOUNDIES VOLUME 6 68 minutes, B&W
(1) “Three In One Revue” – Frank Paris and His Marionettes, Frank Denning and His Orchestra              [Segments:(A) “Bikey Mike” – bike-riding puppet is whirled around the  black-clothed puppeteer        and does tricks on the bike; (B)  “Fannie and Her Fan” – puppet stripper s a fan dancer who uses          elaborate feather fans as she  disrobes; (C)  “Sir Rollin D. Bones” – dancing skeleton puppet
     goes through various contortions, with bones separating

(2) “How to Die Quick” – film clips of  various daredevil stunts, while quartet – trumpet, sax, piano,           drums – plays  “The William Tell Overture” 
(3) “K.P. Serenade” – The Hoosier Hot Shots (Paul “Hezzie” Trietsch,Ken Trietsch, Gave Ward,                Frank Kettering)
(4) “Margie” – Lew Hearn, Ann Mace, Van Alexander and His Orchestra
(5) “Our Teacher” – Henny Youngman
(6) “Sterling Serenade” – believed to be by Roy Halee and The Roustabouts, with children at circus,           both as audience and as costumed performers; one sings “The Daring Young Man on
(7) “My Reverie” – Peggy Mann, Larry Clinton and His Orchestra
(8) “Grand Pianos and Gals” – Dorothy Janice, David Raskin, music is provided by four
      tuxedoed pianists at grand pianos on multi-level stage (the “Mills Piano Quartet”); 6 chorus girls         dance down the levels to a final “Radio City” type high kick line
(9) “I Can’t Get Started With You” – Dick Hogan, Suzanne Ridgeway, the David Rose Orchestra
(10) “Darn That Dream”  – Martha Mears, Bill Roberts, The Lorraine Page Orchestra
(11) “Someone’s Rocking My Dreamboat” – Shep Fields and His NewMusic, with Ken Curtis
(12) “Take Me Back To Tulsa” – Spade Cooley and His Western Dance Gang, Tex Williams, Carolina           Cotton
(13) “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” – Wynn Murray, With Nino and Lenora, Music by Nat Brandwynne and             His Copacabana Orchestra
(14) “Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing In A Hurry” – The Three Murtah Sisters, Hal Borne and             His Orchestra    
(15) “Baby Are You Kiddin?” – Dusty Brooks and the Four Tones, with Mildred Boyd
(16) “The Night We Met In Honomu” – Lanny Ross, Larry Clinton and His Orchestra
(17) “Jitterbug Senorita” – Anne Barrett, Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra
(18) “Pudgy Boy” – Les Hite and His Orchestra
(19) “I’ve Got To Get Hot” – Gracie Barrie
(20) “Once Over, Lightly” – Les Brown and His Orchestra, featuring Doris Day and Jimmie Palmer
(21) “Shepherd Serenade” – Sugar Kane, Lud Gluskin
(22) “I Got Her In The Mail” – Smoke Wells, Lud Gluskin
(23) “Buffalo Gals” – Denver Darling and His Hill Billies

SOUNDIES VOLUME 7 45 minutes, B&W
(1) “Why Don’t You Do Right?” – Peggy Lee, Dave Barbour
(2) “Sophisticated Lady” – Duke Ellington and his Orchestra
(3) “What More Can A Woman Do?” – Peggy Lee, Dave Barbour
(4) “Hawaiian War Chant” – Princess Momakai, Hawaiian Ensemble,Victor Young’s Orchestra
(5) “Georgie Porgie” – Patty Lacey, Ray Hirsch
(6) “The Man That Comes Around” – Tommy Tucker, Hank Mann
(7) “Let Me Off Uptown” – Anita O’Day, Roy Eldredge, “The Ace Drummer Man Gene Krupa and           His Orchestra”
(8) “Twelfth Street Rag” – Charles “Buddy” Rogers and His Orchestra,Bobby Sherwood
(9) “Cielito Lindo” – The Four King Sisters, “Skeets” Herfurt, Dick Morgan, Alvino Rey and His               Orchestra
(10) “Banjo Mania” (includes “Oh Susanna” and “St. Louis Blues”) --“The Banjo King” Eddie                     Peabody
(11) “Jammin’ In The Panoram” – Stan Kenton and His Orchestra, withHelen Huntley, Vocalist
(12) “Oh Marie” – Tony Pastor and His Orchestra
(13) “Ti-Pi-Tin” – Eva Ortega, The Visionettes, George Steiner Orchestra
(14) “Penthouse Serenade” – The Four King Sisters,Alvino Rey and His Orchestra
(15) “Stars and Stripe Forever” – Ralph Flanagan [and his orchestra]

SOUNDIES, VOLUME 8 47 minutes, B&W
(1) “Comes The Revolution” – Willie Howard, Al Kelly
(2) “Boxcar Rhapsody” – Borrah Menevitch and His Harmonica Rascals
(3) “The Lamp of Memory” – Yvonne DeCarlo, Russell Mercer, Harriet Cruise, Spike Jones
(4) “How Come You Do Me Like You Do” – Roberta Hollywood,William Bradley and Band
(5) “Dinah” – Bob Howard
(6) “Bowery Medley” (a/k/a “The Bowery”) – Norman Burlingame, Earl Covert, Phil Ohman, Joe               Reichman and His Orchestra
(7) “Breakfast In Rhythm” (background song is “Be Careful”) – The Three Chefs, Barry Paige’s                 Orchestra
(8)  “Arabian High Jinks” – Gertrude Niesen, Fuzzy Knight
(9) “I Wish That I Could Hide Inside This Letter” – The Clawsen Triplets
(10) “Will Ya Be My Darling” – Jean Louise, Lynn Johnson
(11) “Shy Anne From Old Cheyenne” – Denver Darling and His Texas Cowhands
(12) “Dry Bones” – The Delta Rhythm Boys
(13) “Jazzy Joe” – Dorn Brothers and Mary; Bob Crosby and His Orchestra
(14) “Orange Bowl Bounce” – The Campus Cuties, Ann Collins, Dean Hudson
(15) “Harriet” – Marilyn Paul, Chuck Foster and His Orchestra

SOUNDIES, VOLUME 9 41 minutes, B&W
(1) “The Blushing Bride” – Jackie Gately, Frank Denning and his Orchestra
(2) “I Would Love To Know You Better” – Gayle Mellott, Ralph Young, Buddy Franklin
(3) “The Dance of Shame” –     Faith Bacon    
(4) “One Look At You” – Del Casino and His Orchestra
(5) “Old Man Mose” – Ginger Harmon, Judy and Buddy Allen, George Steiner Orchestra
(6) “Rhythm Sam” – The Lennox Trio with John Dance, Music by The Three Peppers
(7) “Ave Maria” – Deanna Durbin
(8) “Tyrone Shapiro” – Willie Howard, Sam Medoff Orchestra
(9) “The Minute Waltz” – Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra
(10)  “Rhumba Rhythm” (“Lady In Red”, “Celito Lindo,” “Gypsy Chant” – Wini Shaw, Vivien Fay,              James Clemens, Darryl Harpa and The  Darryl Harpa Orchestra, The Theodores, Tana, Alfredo          Seville & The Singing Charros
 (16): “Snowtime Serenade” (“Sly Old Gentleman,” “Jingle Bells,” “Winter Wonderland,” untitled                 jazz by the Milt Herth Trio,“Fireside Medley” [“Tritsch Tratsch Polka,” “Oh Christmas Tree”]–           Gloria Jean, The Sportsmen (Bill Days, Max Smith, John Rarig, Thurl Ravenscroft), The Milt               Herth Trio (Milt Herth on the organ), Lee, Lyn, and Lou (Lee Wilde, Lyn Wilde, Marjorie                     Daye), and The Alpine Octet, Marjorie Daye (acrobatic dancer)
  
SOUNDIES, VOLUME 10 50 minutes, NTSC
(1) “Minnie The Mermaid” – Redd Harper, Julianne Merritt, Darrell Calker
(2) “Treasure Chest” – Crystal White, Fred Scott
(3) “El Rancho Grande” – Barry Wood, Ricardo (Montalban), Jack Shilkret Orchestra    
(4) “I Am An American” – Carolyn Marsh, Ray Bloch and His Orchestra
(5) “Jack, You’re Playing The Game” – The Delta Rhythm Boys, Steve Schultz
(7) “His Rockin’ Horse Ran Away” – Ida James
(8) “Scotch Boogie” – Pat Flowers
(9) “Ti-Yi-Yippee-Aye” – Cindy Walker, Red River Dave (McEnery) and The Red River Boys
(10) “The Singing Hills” – Tom Emerson’s Hillbillies (Mountaineers), Art Dixon
(11) “Texas Home” – Merle Travis, Carolina Cotton
(12) “The Calgary Kid”
(13) “When the Circus Comes to Town” – The Kidoodlers
(14) “Side Show” – Betty Morgan
(15) “Sweet Hawaiian Dreams”
(16) “The Right Kind of Girl” 
(17) “Dancing in a Harem”
(18) “At Your Service”

SOUNDIES, VOLUME 11 41 minutes, NTSC
(1 )  “Able Mabel” –     Acrobatic bump and grind, with honky tonk piano accompaniement
(2)   “Wiggle Mad” – Same as above, but with different costume and dancer
(3)   “Shakes Alive” – Same as above, but with different costume and dancer
(4)  “Hipsy Dipsy” – Same as above, but with different costume and dancer
(5) “Twirling Tassels” – Dancers with tassels; musical trio accompanies
(6) “Peppy Steps” – full orchestra; tame striptease; acrobatic dance that is artistic and energentic; lots       of drumming; striptease is bra-to-bra
(7) “Afro-Mood” – full orchestra; tame striptease; acrobatic dance that is artistic and energentic; lots         of drumming; striptease is bra-to-bra
(8) “Fire Dance” – “Exotic firedance,”  heavy drums and a full orchestra; male vocalist sings “Me Go         Lo” in Spanish to a latin beat, with a chorus
(9) “Jump Children” – Anna Mae Winburn and The International Sweethearts of Rhythm 
(10) “Ferry Boat Serenade” – Wini Shaw, George Steiner Orchestra
(11)  “You Are My Lucky Star” – Jack Kilty, Audrey Westphal, The June Taylor Girls [The June                    Taylor Dancers]
(12)  “On The Mall” – The Melodairs, Ray Bloch and His Orchestra
(13) “Kiss The Boys Goodbye” [“From the Paramount Picture “Kiss The Boys Goodbye”] –Mary
       Healy, The Four Debonairs, Ben Pollack’s Orchestra
(14) “May I Have The Next Trance With You” – Grace Poggi and Igor (Dega), Hal Borne and His                Orchestra
(15) “A Little Jive Is Good For You” – Martha Tilton, The Three Slate Brothers, Ben Pollack                         Orchestra
(16) “I’m Stepping Out With A Memory Tonight” – Bert Frohman, George Steiner Orchestra
(17)  “Boardwalk Boogie” – Will Bradley and His Orchestra, featuring Ray McKinley    

SOUNDIES, VOLUME 12 49 minutes, NTSC
(1) “Tough Beef” – Myrtle Dunedin, Chuck Palmer and His Rangers
(2) “[I’m] Back In The Saddle Again” – Dick Thomas, Jimmie Grier, Billy Bletcher    
(3) “The Covered Wagon Rolled Right Along” – Jimmy Wakely and his Band
(4) “Au Reet” – Jimmey Dorsey and Orchestra, with Helen O’Connell
(5) “Sports Ala Mode” – The Merriel Abbott Dancers, Buddy Franklin
(6) “The Heats On Again” – The Three Heat Waves, The Tovar Sisters
(7) “Hop, Skip, And Jump” –  Charlie Spivak and His Orchestra
(8) “La Rosita” – Jimmey Dorsey and Orchestra, with Helen O’Connell
(9) “Broom and Pan” – Gee Gee Pierson, Ivan Scott and His Orchestra
(10) “Bottoms Up” – The Globe Trotters, Jack Shilkret Orchestra
(11) “Gloria’s Dilemma” – Gloria Parker with the Edison Hotel Band.
(12) “Hot Lips” – Dorothy Drew, The Swing Stars, Hannah Ross
(13) “Do Nothin’ ‘Till You Hear From Me” – The Glenn Miller Modernaires
(14) “‘Leven Thirty Saturday Night” – Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra;
(15) “I Don’t Know Why [I Love You Like I Do]” – Phyllis Lane, Rose Marie McGill, Tommy                       Reynolds and His Orchestra
(16) “Oh, Frenchie” – Paula Kelly, The Glenn Miller Modernaires
(17) “Dreaming Out Loud” – Walter Bryon, Mary Healy, The David Rose Orchestra

SOUNDIES, VOLUME 13 48 Mins; B&W
(1) “Oh Marie!”  – Del Casino
(2) “I’d Like To Set You To Music” – Ginny Sims, Johnny Long and His Orchestra
(3) “I’m Looking Out The Window” – Ellen Connor, Herbie Kay and His Orchestra
(4) “Clap, Clap for Rhythm” (“Chiapenecas”) – The Stuart Sisters, Lucille Bremer, Harry Brent and         His Orchestra
(5) “Come Back to Sorrento” – Phil Brito, Al Donahue and His Orchestra
(6) “Java Jive” (a/k/a “Coffee Song” – begins “I love coffee, I love tea....”) – Al Donahue and His                Orchestra
(7) “Pavanne” – Dave Schooler and his Twenty-One Swinghearts
(8) “Musical Stairs” (with “Jersey Bounce” and “1812 Overture”) – Saul Grauman’s Musical Stair-A-      Tone, with Helene Tanza and the Stair-A-Tone Steppers”
(9) “Pickle Puss” – Dick Hogan, Tanya Widrin, Will Osbourne and His Orchestra, with Ethelreda              Leopold and “Miss America Contestants”
(10) “A String of Pearls” – Don Wilson (Announcer), The Dance Discoveries of 1942 (Joy Williams,               Cele Kirk, Vivi Brown, Coreen Hansen, Sally Lyons, Billie Mavoshell), Hal Borne and His                     Orchestra
(11)  “Mi Rhumba”Rhumba Serenade” – Mills Rhumba Orchestra, Nico and [Cyd] Charisse
(12) “Moon Over Miami” – Dean Hudson and His Orchestra (with “Dean Hudson” as the featured               soloist, singing his theme song)
(13) “Moonlight Becomes You” – Eddy Howard and His Orchestra, [dancer] Valerie Thon
(14) “Tangerine” – Charles “Buddy” Rogers, Carola, Hal Borne and His Orchestra
(15) “Poi My Boy” – Gloria King, Bernie Kaai, with Kuaana’s Dream Islanders
(16)  “Hilo Hattie” – Princess Aloha, Andy Iona and his Orchestra
(17)  “Hawaii Isn’t What It Used to Be” – Vera Barton, The Hula Honeys

SOUNDIES, VOLUME 14 55 Mins; B&W
(1) “Turn Out The Lights” – Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra, Anne Barrett
(2) “Come To Baby Do” – The King Cole Trio (Nat “King” Cole, Oscar Moore, Johnny Miller”)
(3) “Blues In The Night” – Cab Calloway and His Orchestra:Trumpets: Lamar Wright, Rusell Smith,       Shad Collins,Jonah Jones; Trombones: Keg Johnson, Tyree Glenn, Quentin Jackson;
      Reeds: Jerry Blake, Hklton Jefferson, Andrew Brown, Teddy McRae, Walter Thomas; Piano:
      Benny Payne; Guitar: Danny Barker;  Bass: Milt Hinton; Drums: Cozy Cole; The Cabaliers (the         Four Palmer Brothers, vocal quartet)
(4) “A Gay Ranchero” – Luba Malina,  Noro Morales and His Orchestra
(5) “Caravan” – The Mills Brothers
(6) “Johann Strauss’ Blue Danube” – Christine McIntyre, Armanda Chirot, Mills Philharmonic                 Orchestra, Frederick Feher, Conductor
(7) “Romance” – Tandy MacKenzie, Alice Avakian, Mills Philharmonic Orchestra, Frederick Feher,           Conductor
(8) “Stardust” – Harry Cool
(9) “Two Guitars” and “Dark Eyes” (“Oh, Cherchonya”) – Emery Deutsch and His Orchestra
(10) “Love’s Own Sweet Song” – Emery Deutsch and His Orchestra
(11) “Sleepy Lagoon” – Sonny Dunham and His Orchestra, Ray Kellogg, Anita Camargo
(12) “Side By Side” – Nick Lucas
(13) “Siboney” – Caridad Garcia, Gerald Marks Orchestra
(14) “My Little Grass Shack” – Princess Aloha, Charles Dorn, Andy Iona and His Orchestra
(15) “Maria Elena” – Johnny Long and His Orchestra
(16) “Sentimental Journey” – Glen Gray and His Casa Loma Orchestra, Skip Nelson
(17) “There’s Nothing Like That Smile of The Irish” – Lanny Ross, Roy Bargy and His Orchestra
(18) “Who Threw The Overalls In Mrs. Murphey’s Chowder”– The Maxwell Girls, Robert Williams,           Connie Maxwell Orchestra
(19) “It’s A Great Day For The Irish” – Gus Van, Ray Bloch and His Orchestra

SOUNDIES, VOLUME 15 55 Mins; B&W
(1) “Turn Out The Lights” – Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra, Anne Barrett
(2) “Come To Baby Do” – The King Cole Trio (Nat “King” Cole, Oscar Moore, Johnny Miller”)
(3) “Blues In The Night” – Cab Calloway and His Orchestra: Trumpets: Lamar Wright, Rusell Smith,       Shad Collins,Jonah Jones; Trombones: Keg Johnson, Tyree Glenn, Quentin Jackson;
      Reeds: Jerry Blake, Hilton Jefferson, Andrew Brown, Teddy McRae, Walter Thomas; Piano:
      Benny Payne; Guitar: Danny Barker; Bass: Milt Hinton; Drums: Cozy Cole; The Cabaliers (the           Four Palmer Brothers, vocal quartet)
(4) “A Gay Ranchero” – Luba Malina,  Noro Morales and His Orchestra
(5) “Caravan” – The Mills Brothers
(6) “Johann Strauss’ Blue Danube” – Christine McIntyre, Armanda Chirot, Mills Philharmonic                 Orchestra, Frederick Feher, Conductor
(7) “Romance” – Tandy MacKenzie, Alice Avakian, Mills Philharmonic Orchestra, Frederick Feher,           Conductor
(8) “Stardust” – Harry Cool
(9) “Two Guitars” and “Dark Eyes” (“Oh, Cherchonya”) – Emery Deutsch and His Orchestra
(10) “Love’s Own Sweet Song” – Emery Deutsch and His Orchestra
(11) “Sleepy Lagoon” – Sonny Dunham and His Orchestra, Ray Kellogg, Anita Camargo
(12) “Side By Side” – Nick Lucas
(13) “Siboney” – Caridad Garcia, Gerald Marks Orchestra
(14) “My Little Grass Shack” – Princess Aloha, Charles Dorn, Andy Iona and His Orchestra
(15) “Maria Elena” – Johnny Long and His Orchestra
(16) “Sentimental Journey” – Glen Gray and His Casa Loma Orchestra, Skip Nelson
(17) “There’s Nothing Like That Smile of The Irish” – Lanny Ross, Roy Bargy and His Orchestra
(18) “Who Threw The Overalls In Mrs. Murphey’s Chowder” – The Maxwell Girls, Robert Williams,         Connie Maxwell Orchestra
(19) “It’s A Great Day For The Irish” – Gus Van, Ray Bloch and His Orchestra

SOUNDIES, VOLUME 16 47 Mins., B&W
(1) “I’d Like To See Some More of Somoa” (a/k/a “Shadrach”) – The Deep River Boys
(2) “Cow-Cow Boogie” – Dorothy Dandridge, Dudley Dickerson
(3) “Born To Swing” – Ginger Harmon, George Steiner Orchestra
(4) “Nobody Makes A Pass At Me” – Gracie Barrie, Frank Denning and His Orchestra
(5) “Don’t Get Around Much Any More” – Lina Romay
(6) “I Left My Heart In Texas” – Dick Roberts, Chuck Foster and His Orchestra
(7) “Babalu” – Corinna Mura, Amarillo, Hal Borne and His Orchestra
(8) “Crazy Quiz” – Bob Hughes, The Three Hollywood Judges, Lud Gluskin Orchestra
(9) “I Like It Cause I Love It” – Una Mae Carlisle
(10) “Silhouettes” – Danny Danford, Ann Parker, The Shadowettes
(11) “An Indian Rhapsody” – The Winnie Hoveler Dancers
(12) “The Night Is Young (And You’re So Beautiful”) – Bob Hannon, Ray Bloch and His Orchestra
(13) “I Ain’t Got Nobody” – Frances Faye, Harry Brent and His Orchestra  
(14) An all-girl orchestra and their attractive female leader, all wearing bathing suits, appears to be             playing big band swing.
(15) “La Cucaracha” – all-women big band and a very attractive dark-haired singer in a tight                       sequined dress who both sings and tap dances up a storm; cannot identify further
(16) “Take It And Git” – Thelma White and Her All-Girl Orchestra, Ellen Connor
(17) “Sawdust Canary” – Don Gautier
(18) “Rock It For Me” – Maurice Rocco    

SOUNDIES, VOLUME 17 58 Mins.; B&W
(1) “Back in the Old Routine” – Billie Hayes, Richard Goltra
(2) “Come to the Mardi Gras” – Roye Goodrich
(3) “Swell, Wasn’t It” – Elise Rhodes, Bill Conlon, Paul Lynde
(4) “For Me and My Gal” – The Tumblers, with Gloria Grey
(5) “Kerry Dance” and “Irish Washerman” – Paul Kohler and Jini
(6) “Luluby of Broadway” – The Starlighters
(7) “Dancing With a Deb” – Phil Ohman and His Orchestra
(8) “El Cumbachero” – The DeCastro Sisters
(9) “Girl At The Typewriter” – Nita Bieber Dancers
(10) “Tying Applies On A Lilac Tree” – The Four King sisters, Alvino Rey and His Orchestra
(11) “I Don’t Want To Walk Without You” – Kay Lorraine, Merle Pitt’s Five Shades of Blue, Frank            Wilcox
(12) “”On to Victory” (“The Notre Dame Fight Song”) – The Collegians,Ray Bloch and His Orchestra
(13) “I Don’t Want to Set The World On Fire” – Johnny Downs, Bonnie Kildare, Lud Gluskin
(14) “Miss You” – The Four Polks (The Town Criers), Hal Borne and His Orchestra, Don Wilson                   (Announcer) 
(15) “A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square” – Tamara, Del Casino and His Orchestra
(16) “It Was Wonderful Then” – Bob Hannon, Ray Bloch and His Orchestra
(17) “Pan AmeriConga” – Rita Rio (Dona Drake),  Allan Baldwin, Miguel Alvarez, John Torrance                 Orchestra
(18) “Say Si Si” – Ellen Connor, Herbie Kay and His Orchestra
(19) “Mi Linda Amor” – The Velascos, Lucille Angel

SOUNDIES, VOLUME 18 54 Mins., B&W
(1) “Who Dunit To Who” – June Richmond    
(2) “Half Past Jump Time” – Mabel Lee
(3) “The Perfect Powers Girl” – John Robert Powers, Michael Loring, Ray Bloch and His Orchestra
(4) “Never Too Old To Swing”– Tiny Grimes and His Orchestra
 (5) “I’m Just Wild About Harry” – Eleanor French, Claude Garreau Orchestra
(6) “Poppin’ the Cork” – The Sepia Steppers, Billy and Ann
(7) “Fifty Thousand Dollars” – Clarence Nordstrom
(8) “The Nadocky” – Gwen Williams, Charlie Develin, Edwin A. Ludwig Orchestra
(9) “I Hear Music” – Grace McDonald, Wesley Adams
(10) “How About You” – Carol Parker, Harry Lewis, Darrell Calker Orchestra
(11) “You’re A Shot In The Arm” – Connie Haines, Redd Harper, Hal Borne and His Orchestra
(12) “Walking on Air” – Beverly Roberts, Ray Bloch and His Orchestra
(13) “Stupid Little Cupid” – Susan Miller, Robert Wayne, Hal Borne 
(14) “Struttin’ To Sutton Place” – Mary Jane Walsh, Jack Shilkret Orchestra
(17) “If You Treat Me to A Hug” – The Chanticleers
(18) “Jim” (partial only) – Judy Carroll
(19) “No Romance In Your Soul”– Mildred Fenton, Johnny Augustine and His Orchestra
(20) “He Took Me For A Sleighride (In The Good Old Summertime)” – Cindy Walker, Ben Pollack               and His Orchestra