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Melody for Two (1937)

Approved | | Romance, Musical | 1 May 1937 (USA)
Mel Lynch and his aide 'Remorse' Rumson are wheeler dealer managers for big band leader Tod Weaver. They finally get him into the big time but then must deal with competing singers Gale Starr and Lorna Wray.

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Tod Weaver
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Gale Starr
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Camille Casey
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'Remorse' Rumson
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Mel Lynch
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Lorna Wray (as Winifred Shaw)
Charley Foy ...
'Scoop' Trotter (as Charles Foy)
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Bill Hallam
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Walter Wilson (as Gordon Elliott)
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Exodus Johnson (as Eddie Anderson)
Eddie Kane ...
Alex Montrose
Gordon Hart ...
Mr. Woodruff
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Mr. Armstrong
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A professional triangle with some personal twists thrown in is presented. Bandleader Tod Weaver has a successful New York career with Gale Starr, his girl, his lead female vocalist - Tod being the lead male vocalist - performing urbane classy melodically driven songs, expertly arranged by Mel Lynch, in upscale uptown clubs. Tod and Mel have a falling out, partly because of Mel's interest in Gale professionally and personally, with neither backing down from their principled positions of Tod not wanting anything to do with Mel ever again, and Mel wanting to ruin Tod. Gale somewhat sides with Mel if only for the survival of her own career, which leads to Gale taking over Tod's band at their latest gig at the Sky Terrace, and Tod being blacklisted by uptown clubs and the bandleaders' association. But with Tod goes his faithful manager Remorse Rumson and publicist Scoop Trotter, whose professional lives are also at stake. The three have different perspectives of how to get Tod on his feet ... Written by Huggo

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Romance | Musical

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1 May 1937 (USA)  »

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King of Swing  »

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1.37 : 1
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Film debut (at age 12) of Donald O'Connor. Along with his brothers Billy O'Connor and Jack O'Connor, Donald did a specialty routine. Billy died a year or two later after contracting scarlet fever. See more »

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Referenced in Sunburst (1975) See more »

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Macushula
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Music by Dermot Macmurrough
Lyrics by Josephine V. Rowe
Performed by James Melton
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Battle Of The Swing Bands
12 January 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In the barely one hour running time of Melody for Two a whole lot of musical numbers gets packed into it. So much so that unfortunately a lot of plot gets sacrificed.

When I saw that Donald O'Connor was supposed to be in Melody for Two it confirmed my suspicions that a lot got left on the cutting room floor. Who knows if O'Connor had actually appeared in Melody for Two and had gone to Warner Brothers how much different a career path he might have had.

James Melton and Patricia Ellis lead rival bands. In fact when the film starts out she's the female vocalist in his band. But when he gets into a stupid fight with his arranger and quits the club he's contracted for, she steps in and takes over the band.

Not to be outdone Melton goes out and hires himself an all female orchestra. Both of them get into the latest of crazes, swing music and turn professional rivals.

Right after this Melton left Warner Brothers and went on to grand opera and eventually became the lead tenor at the New York Metropolitan Opera in the Forties. But in this final Warner Brothers film, he introduced and popularized the song, September in the Rain.

Harry Warren and Al Dubin had originally written this for Melton's first Warner Brothers film, Stars Over Broadway, but it was cut, though you can hear it in the background. In Melody for Two Melton got to sing it and it became a big hit in 1937, one of Warren and Dubin's biggest.

Melody for Two is good easy to take entertainment. Look for Wini Shaw to also have a good number or two in it and Marie Wilson as the seemingly dumb bass fiddle player who comes up with the two ideas that change some personal history.


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