The Bandmaster (1930 film)

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The Bandmaster
Krazy Kat series
Directed by Manny Gould
Ben Harrison
Produced by Charles Mintz
Story by Ben Harrison
Animation by Manny Gould
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) September 8, 1930[1]
Color process Black and white
Running time 7:35
Language English
Preceded by Cinderella
Followed by The Apache Kid

The Bandmaster is a short animated film distributed by Columbia Pictures, and one of the long-running cartoons featuring Krazy Kat. In a reissue print by Samba Pictures, the film is simply presented as Bandmaster.


At a domed platform at a park, a pack of musicians gathered, and Krazy is their conductor. Krazy, for some reason, puts on a Guy Fawkes mask before playing Stars and Stripes Forever. Halfway through the music, a trumpeter is having some problems playing. But instead of reprimanding the trumpeter, the feline maestro courteously gives that player encouragement to perform better. The melody resumes better this time, and upon completion, Krazy proudly takes off his mask.

Krazy and his orchestra then perform Twelfth Street Rag. Moments after starting, he mysteriously transforms into Paul Whiteman, then Charlie Chaplin, then Ted Lewis playing a clarinet, and finally Ben Turpin playing a trombone. After the scene shifts to some surroundings, Krazy is shown conducting as himself again. Everybody within the vicinity of the platform dances to the tune, including a statue of a cavalry man on a horse which both become animated.


MPN commented "Another reason why these clever cartoons are so popular."[1]


  1. ^ a b Bradley, Edwin M. (2005). The First Hollywood Sound Shorts, 1926-1931. McFarland. p. 141. ISBN 9781476606842. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 

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