NEW ON DVD: “The Fabulous Dorseys”
If you don’t have this one, you should, and this is the version to have, as it’s been digitally restored from the flat versions that been floating around for years. Tommy and Jimmy, of course, play themselves in this 1947 opus, looking not a day older or younger then they actually were. Look for a plethora of guests, including Helen O’ Connell, Bob Eberle, Abe Most, Ziggy Elman, Ray Bauduc, Paul Whiteman, Charlie Barnet, and a very rare filmed appearance by Art Tatum. Drumming superbly for the Dorsey band is Alvin Stoller.