That tends to comport with what I’d heard. It’s just such a historically important film, and it’s sad that it’s been so neglected. But, I guess when you get outside the Warners sphere, into the MCA holdings of Univeral/Paramount fare, there is tons of material that needs preservation. I’m also hoping they’ll manage to work on their early-talkie Tom Mix westerns.
Seems funny, because I was just watching a Freddie Rich “Vitaphone” short the other day (which included a few suprising shots of Jimmy Dorsey, Berigan, etc., and a nifty rendition of Chloe- Song of the Swamp, which I loved), and appreciating how nicely preserved this little one-reeler looked. And yet, “King of Jazz” is so neglected.