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Published on Dec 13, 2010
Edit: As of 2014 the Scott Joplin Movie is available on Amazon Instant Video in HD!!!
This is the best clip in the movie Scott Joplin (1977) by Universal Studios. It depicts a competition between "professors" (brothel pianists) to win $100 from John Stark in Sedalia, Missouri. Louis Chauvin, who is a better pianist but can't read/write music, teams up with Joplin and unleashes Maple Leaf Rag upon the public for the first time (this did not actually occur.) You cannot buy this movie anywhere except terrible VHS non-original copies on Amazon and searching Google for the same terrible copies. Dick Hyman is playing the soundtrack and Billy Dee Williams is portraying Scott Joplin. Please contact Universal and encourage them to release a high quality DVD and/or streaming versions of this good, but historically inaccurate, movie!
I have done my best to try to clean the sound up using Audacity, but it's still a bit crackly.