St. Louis Blues is a two reel short film and stars female blues singer Bessie Smith. This sound clip features Smith in an African-American speakeasy of the prohibition era singing the W. C. Handy standard, “St. Louis Blues”. Bessie Smith was one of the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s.
Watch as Eddie Cantor sings “The Dumber They Are, the Better I Like ‘Em,” and “Oh, Gee, Georgie”. This short was shown at the Rivoli Theater in New York City in April, 1923.
A fun look back at life in the ‘Roaring 20s’. This vintage clip features dances popular at the time, as well as fashion and hairstyles common to the period.