Film Shorts

Musical short subjects were produced to play as part of a theatrical package before the feature attraction. These mini-movies, with an average running time of 10 minutes, also served as a means for studios to test new talent in front of the cameras. Particularly in the early days of sound, these shorts were often innovative productions that featured performers who would go on to become some of the biggest names in film and music. Ruth Etting appeared in many shorts as a solo performer, and also in collaboration with performers like Bing Crosby, Humphrey Bogart, Joan Blondell, Eddie Cantor, Bert Lahr and Ed Sullivan.

Ruth Etting
USA 1928
Produced by: Paramount
Runtime: USA:10

Paramount Movietone
USA 1928
Produced by: Paramount

Melancholy Dame
USA 1928 Black and White
Produced by: Christie Comedies
With Ruth Etting, Roberta Hyson and Spencer Williams.

Glorifying the Popular Song
USA 1929
Produced by: Vitaphone / Warner Bros. [us]
Also Known As: Glorifying the American Song
Ruth Etting sings That Wonderful Boyfriend of Mine, Pretty Little You by Ryan and Violinsky and All I want Is Y-O-U

Favorite Melodies
USA 1929; 8 minutes
Starring Ruth Etting. A simply staged song performance.
Produced by: Paramount

The Book of Lovers
USA 1929
Produced by: Illustrated
Cast: Ruth Etting (voice)

Ruth Etting
USA 1929
Produced by: Vitaphone
Features Victor Arden, Ruth Etting and Phil Ohman.

Hollywood RhythmHollywood Rhythm: The Paramount Musical Shorts
1929-1941, V. 1 – Radio Rhythms

Roseland
USA 1930 Black and White
Produced by: Vitaphone
A pretty dance hall girl is looking for the right guy. Directed by Roy Mack. Starring Ruth
Etting and Donald Cook

One Good Turn
USA 1930 Black and White
17 minutes  Produced by: Vitaphone / Warner Bros. [us]
Singer Ruth Eton, of the singing team of Eton and Farrell, is told by her agents to get rid of her partner if she wants to advance her career. Instead, she gives him singing lessons. After a few months of training, he is good enough to be on his own and dumps Eton. When he loses his voice suddenly, he finds out who his true friends are. Features Ruth singing The Kiss Waltz by Johnny Burke and Al Dubin, If I Could Be With You (One Hour To-Night) by Craemer and Johnson and Don’t Tell Him What Happened To Me by B.G. DeSylva, Lew Bown and Ray Henderson. Starring Ruth Etting and Jay Velie.

Ruth Etting and Humphrey Bogart

Broadway’s Like That, 1930, Ruth Etting and Humphrey Bogart


Broadway’s Like That
USA 1930 Black and White
Produced by: Vitaphone / Vitaphone Varieties / Warner Bros. [us] / Warner
Etting sings The Right Kind of Man by Gilbert and Baer and From the Bottom of My Heart. Directed by Murray Roth and featuring Ruth Etting, Joan Blondell and Humphrey Bogart in his very first film role.

“This 10 minute film was shot in New York city, and starts off with a title proclaiming ‘There’s nothing sweeter than lunch with a sweetie.’ Ruth and Bogart are found having lunch at Lee Sing Chop Suey, with the city slicker up to no good causing Ruth to break out into song.” – from Rick’s Café Americain

Words and Music
USA 1931
Produced by: Vitaphone / Warner Bros. [us]
Starring Ruth Etting.

Stage Struck
USA 1931
Starring Ruth Etting

Seasons Greeting
USA 1931
Produced by: Vitaphone / Warner
Starring Ruth Etting.

Radio Salutes
USA 1931
Produced by: Vitaphone / Warner Bros. [us]
Starring Ruth Etting.

Palmy Days
USA 1931 Black and White
77 minutes Produced by: Howard Productions / Samuel Goldwyn Company
Musical comedy antics in an art deco bakery (motto: “Glorifying the American Doughnut”) with Eddie Cantor as an assistant to a phony psychic, who is mistaken for an efficiency expert and placed in charge. Complications ensue when the psychic and his gang attempt to rub the payroll. Uncredited appearance by Ruth Etting. Stars Eddie Cantor and Charlotte Greenwood. Directed by A. Edward Sutherland.

Old Lace
USA 1931
Produced by: Vitaphone / Warner
Starring Ruth Etting.

Freshman Love
USA 1931 Black and White
Produced by: Vitaphone / Warner Bros. [us]
Starring Ruth Etting.

I Surrender, DearI Surrender, Dear
USA 1932 Black and White
60 minutes Produced by: Vitaphone / Warner Bros. [us]
Bing Crosby and Ruth Etting. Two of the decade’s most popular singers are featured in this musical trio of two-reelers from the ’30s. Bing Crosby portrays himself in “I Surrender, Dear” (1931), as the radio star gets tangled up with a woman betrothed to a jealous Latin lover; Bing falls for the “Billboard Girl” (1932), whose brother is the one answering the singer’s love letters; then, Ruth Etting crosses her stern physician husband in her pursuit of a singing career, in “Artistic Temper” and shows how she can make a perfect three minute egg by singing a song with a length of exactly three minutes. Songs include “That’s What Heaven Mean To Me” by Jack Yellen and Harry Akst, What a Life by Kent and Alter, and “Loveable” by Gus Kahn and Woods.
Director: Mack Sennett
Star: Bing Crosby, Babe Kane, Ruth Etting
Producer: Mack Sennett

A Regular Trouper
USA 1932 Black and White
20 minutes  Produced by: Vitaphone
Starring Ruth Etting.

A Modern Cinderella
USA 1932
Produced by: Vitaphone / Warner Bros. [us]
Starring Ruth Etting.

A Mail Bride
USA 1932
Produced by: Vitaphone / Warner
Starring Ruth Etting.

Knee Deep in Music
USA 1933
Produced by: RKO
Starring Ruth Etting.

I Know Everybody and Everybody’s Racket
USA 1933
Produced by: Universal
Starring Ruth Etting.

Crashing the Gate
USA 1933
Produced by: Vitaphone / Warner Bros. [us]
Starring Ruth Etting.

California Weather
USA 1933
Produced by: RKO
Features Ruth singing Shine On Harvest Moon by Jack Norworth and Nora Bayes

Bye-Gones
USA 1933
Produced by: Vitaphone / Warner Bros. [us]
Starring Ruth Etting.

Along Came Ruth
USA 1933
Produced by: Vitaphone / Warner
Starring Ruth Etting.

Mr. Broadway
USA 1933 Black and White
63 minutes Produced by: Broadway-Hollywood Productions
Ed Sullivan shows night spots all over New York in this movie, joking and listening to stories the patrons tell. Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer  and Johnnie Walker and starring Ed Sullivan, Jack Dempsey, Ruth Etting and Bert Lahr.

A Torch Tango, 1934. Starring Ruth Etting, Will Ahern, and Adrian Rosley.

A Torch Tango, 1934. Starring Ruth Etting, Will Ahern, and Adrian Rosley.

A Torch Tango
USA 1934
Produced by: RKO
Starring Ruth Etting, Will Ahern, and Adrian Rosley. Directed by Alfred J. Goulding and written by Joseph Fields. 21 min running length. Released on February 23, 1934.

Southern Style
USA 1934
Produced by: RKO
Starring Ruth Etting.

The Song of Fame
USA 1934
Produced by: Vitaphone / Warner
Starring Ruth Etting.

Hollywood on Parade
USA 1934
Produced by: Paramount
Starring Ruth Etting.

Derby Decade
USA 1934
Produced by: RKO Radio Pictures
Starring Ruth Etting.
Ruth Etting and Tom Kennedy play the leads in a story about the division between classes in New York City, back when the Bowery first had electric lights, and the blue noses clashed with the red noses. Ruth sang “A Bird in a Gilded Cage” with words by Arthur J. Lamb and music by Harry von Tilzer.

Bandits and Ballads
USA 1934
Produced by: RKO
Starring Ruth Etting.

Turned Out
USA 1935
Produced by: RKO
Starring Ruth Etting.

Ticket or Leave It
USA 1935
Produced by: RKO
Runtime: (2 reels)
Directed by Alfred J. Goulding and starring Luis Alberni, Ruth Etting and Lloyd Hughes.

An Old Spanish Onion
USA 1935
Produced by: RKO
Starring Ruth Etting.

No Contest
USA 1935
Produced by: Vitaphone / Warner Bros. [us]
Starring Ruth Etting.

Sleepy Time
USA 1936
Produced by: RKO
Starring Ruth Etting.

Melody in May
USA 1936 Black and White
Produced by: RKO
A radio star singer comes to the help of a young man who’s rejected by everyone of his age in his town. When she offers to go to the ball with him, she makes him the man to be with. Features Ruth Etting singing St. Louis Blues by Handy and It Had to Be You by Isham Jones and Gus Kahn.  Directed by Ben Holmes and starring Ruth Etting, Frank Coghlan Jr., Margaret Armstrong, Joan Sheldon, Kenneth Howell and Robert Meredith.

Aladdin From Manhattan
USA 1936
Produced by: RKO
Starring Ruth Etting.

3 Responses to Film Shorts

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  2. Denis Glover says:

    In the film ruth made with mr cagney, it as now become one of my fav films. is it possible for you to let me no when ruth etting died sadly

  3. Mark Tesoro says:

    I beleive she died about 1978.

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