Seeing Bix on the screen may have been a bitter disappointment to Bix fans then and now, when taking into account how little screen time was given over to the other hot players in the band. The interest would have been in seeing how he appeared on stage when playing his horn and his mannerisms that we just glimpsed for twelve seconds on "My Ohio Home". Oh and of course to see and hear him speaking. Things would have been better if the Picture had been made first time round in the Summer of 1929. In October, the band's return to Hollywood, without Bix, almost coincided with the crash on Wall Street. When finally the film was shown, fans were disappointed how little jazz there was in the Picture. The musicians who were featured individually were only allotted a few seconds each. Harry Goldfield plays a few bars of "Hot Lips", the string section play "Caprice Viennois", Chet Hazlett plays a few bars on his sub-tone clarinet, and similar contributions from Roy Bargy, Willie Hall playing the trombone at 100 mph, banjoist Mike Pingitore strumming his talents on "Linger Awhile" and the best offering from a jazz point of view comes from Venuti and Lang playing "Wild Cat". How something as awful as the lavish production of "My Bridal Veil" got in the film we may never know.
The following extract taken from "Bugles for Beiderbecke":
"The finished product was therefore, nothing more than a typical Broadway review,presented with those grandiloquent effects which the clever use of camera angles endows the screen. Yet, though produced with that lamentable ignorance of, or casual indifference to the true merits of jazz which have frequently characterised the moguls of Hollywood. The "King of Jazz", due to fleeting appearances of such stars as Bing Crosby, Frankie Trumbauer, Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang, has, with the passing of the years, acquired a glamour out of all proportion to the actual musical value of the film. It remains, therefore, a debatable point whether Bix's prestige would in any way have been increased by his appearance in this travesty of "jazz".