In The Dogway Melody an all-dog cast (with human voiceovers) recreates famous scenes from early musical films, particularly The Broadway Melody. The finale is a chorus line of dogs performing "Singing in the Rain" spoofing Cliff Edwards's original version of the song in The Hollywood Revue of 1929. Also spoofed is Al Jolson's performance of "Mammy" in The Jazz Singer. This was a part of MGM's popular series of Dogville shorts directed by Zion Myers and Jules White. Incidentally, while the more familiar later film is titled Singin' in the Rain, the program card shown on-screen in this short spells the first word in the song's title "Singing."
The hammered dulcimer, accordion, trombone and bass blend to create unique polka melodies and the 100-year-old dance tradition of the Volga Germans, immigrants who came to the United States from Germany by way of Russia. Along with their agricultural skills, they brought a unique form of music. Spotlighting the musicians, dancers and families who treasure this cultural gem and strive to keep the tradition alive.