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Satchmo the Great

Satchmo the Great(1957)

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This film was an expansion of half of a one-hour segment of Edward R. Murrow's See It Now, which aired on December 13, 1955. Murrow not only narrates the film, but also appears onscreen. The program aired on CBS television network, which is acknowledged in the onscreen credits. It was entitled "Two American Originals" and also profiled painter Grandma Moses. The London, African and New York sequences seen in the film were added to the television footage. However, the Daily Variety review suggested that the distributor should "remove the [onscreen] CBS-TV credits if contractually possible; there May be some audience annoyance at the prospect of paying for a product that has already been shown free in the homes." Variety noted that "large line drawings by Ben Shahn, in a jazzy artistic style, illustrate some of Armstrong's early days in New Orleans" and praised the film as "a valuable documentary record of a standout performer and his extraordinary impact on jazz buffs here and abroad."