MEET THE REAL ‘SOME LIKE IT HOT’ ORCHESTRA

Here’s an astoundingly lousy Vitaphone short from 1929 featuring ‘Harry Wayman and His Debutantes’. Yes, it’s an all girl orchestra much like the one in ‘Some Like It Hot’ (‘Sweet Sue and Her Society Syncopaters’). The only differences are 1) The leader is a guy not a woman. 2) There is, alas, no Sugar Kane in the band–a little Marilyn would have gone a long way to perhaps giving this rag-tag Vaudeville troupe more of a future in the world of modern popular entertainment. The good news is that Josephine and Daphne (Lemmon and Curtis) are, in fact, in the band and can be seen clearly in the front row. Don’t give up on the video after only giving it the cursory minute or so. The end features the… well, I’m not going to tell you what it features. Once you see it, though, you’ll no doubt remember the words of a wealthy, aging 1920s playboy-yachtsman to wit: ‘nobody’s perfect’!

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