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Monday, September 23, 2013

TED Radio Hour on NPR

1932 Lous Armstrong Movie Appearance: "I'll be glad when you're dead you rascal you!"




Louie "Satchmo: Armastrong in 1932 performing "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You."

An example of the African American stand alone cinema of the time...which included musicals, drama, comedy and documentary shorts and full length films...

The somewhat bizarre stage set and costumes may have some viewers wondering what's going on here. This performance is part of a musical short less than 10 minutes long. It was originally filmed as a promo to be included during the screening of 1930's full-length films. The short was about a man (the guy with the epaulettes and tall hat) who dreams he's the king of a soap bubble-filled land populated by folks dressed in outlandish garb, one of whom is a young Louis Armstrong. Armstrong performs two songs in the short.