Sound Off for Soundies!

(Above: Dorothy Dandridge. Source: Flickr)

Starting at midnight ET tonight, The Film Detective’s SlingStirr and DistroTV channels will celebrate Thanksgiving with 24 hours of “Soundies,” a precursor of music videos, plus other musical treats.

Popular in the 1940s, Soundies were music film clips shown via 16mm rear projection machines known as “Panorams” or video jukeboxes. The Film Detective’s “Soundies” binge will include 12 musical numbers from artists like singer/actress Dorothy Dandridge and jazz singer Una Mae Carlisle. The marathon will also include such musical feature films as Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) with Judy Garland and Lena Horne, and Second Chorus (1940), starring Fred Astaire, Paulette Goddard and Artie Shaw.

Here’s Dandridge singing “Cow Cow Boogie” and another selection we especially like, “I’d Love to Know You Better,” featuring Gayle Mellot and Ralph Young. Both are from 1942.

You can also see The Film Detective’s Soundies collection on-demand at or on the service’s app for iOS, Amazon, Roku and Apple TV.

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