The New Pictures, May 25, 1942

Syncopation (RKO-Radio) is Hollywood's stoutest attempt to date to tell the story of U.S. popular music and how it grew. Unfortunately, the story, as gangling, forthright Director William Dieterle sees it, is too big for its breeches. Instead of illuminating, it interferes with the Grade-A presentation of a score of melodies, lovingly culled from the past 35 years of U.S. dance music.

They are Copenhagen and Jazz Me Blues, Milenberg Joys and Sugar Foot Stomp; a pleasant new tune (Falling Star) which shines brightly in the mellow orbit of Songstress Connie Boswell; spirituals...

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