Time-Line: 20s–30s


Bessie Smith

St. Louis Blues(1929 RCA)

Ethel Waters

On With the Show (1929 Vitaphone, song: “Am I Blue”)

Green’s Twentieth Century Faydetts/Parisian Redheads with Bobbie Grice

Green’s Flapperettes “Leading Girl’s Jazz Band” (1929 Vitaphone 710)

Harry Wayman’s Debutantes

Harry Wayman and His Debutantes (1927 Vitaphone)

The Ingenues

The Band Beautiful (1928 Vitaphone)

Sunkist Stars at Palm Springs (MGM 1936)

Jean Ranking’s Blue Bells Orchestra

The All’ Girl Revue (1929 Vitaphone)

Sophie Tucker

Honky Tonk (1929 Warner Bros, trailer only)

1930 London nightclub clip

Babe Egan and Her Hollywood Redheads

Babe Egan and Her Hollywood Redheads (1930 Vitaphone)


Billie Holiday

Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life (1935 Paramount)

Symphony in black movie 1935 by soulpatrol

The Coquettes

Frances Carroll & the Coquettes (1939 Vitaphone)

Ethel Waters

Rufus Jones for President (1933 Vitaphone, Song: “Am I Blue”)

Gift of Gab (1934 Universal)

Ina Ray Hutton and her Melodears

Accent on Girls (1936 Paramount)

The Big Broadcast of 1936 (1935 Paramount)

Swing, Hutton, Swing (1937 Paramount) –

The Ingenues

Maids and Music (1937 Pictoreels)

Lena Horne

The Duke is Tops (1938 Million Dollar Pictures, Song: “I Know You Remember”)

Peggy Gilbert’s All-Girl Band

Politics (1931 MGM)

Start Cheering (1938 Columbia)

Phil Spitalny and His Hour of Charm Orchestra

Big City Fantasy (1934 Vitaphone)

Phil Spitalny and His Musical Queens (1934 Vitaphone)

Sirens of Syncopation (1935 Vitaphone)

Sophie Tucker

Paramount Headliner: Broadway Highlights No. 1 (1935 Paramount, song: “Some of These Days”)

Starlight (1936 BBC)

Valaida Snow

Pieges (1939)

L’Alibi (1939)


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Some Liked It Hot - Jazz Women in Film and Television, 1928-1959