King of Jazz

New 4K Digital Restoration


Paul Whiteman, John Boles, Laura La Plante, Jeanette Loff,

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This new restoration brings back a song-and-dance classic that has long been available only in inferior copies. King of Jazz is “one of the most ambitious musicals ever to emerge from Hollywood. Universal’s super production brought together Paul Whiteman, leader of the country’s top dance orchestra; John Murray Anderson, director of spectacular Broadway revues; a top ensemble of dancers and singers; sparkling early Technicolor; and a near unlimited budget. The end result was a unique mixture of the stage and screen—with no plot and no dialogue—presenting an unparalleled cinematic interpretation of jazz music and stage spectacle” (James Layton and David Pierce, Il Cinema Ritrovato).

  • Harry Ruskin
  • Hal Mohr
  • Jerome Ash
  • Ray Rennahan
Print Info
  • Color
  • 4K DCP
  • 100 mins
  • Universal Pictures
Additional Info
  • Scanned from the two-color Technicolor camera negative