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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Complete credited cast:
Tod Weaver
Gale Starr
Marie Wilson ...
Camille Casey
Fred Keating ...
'Remorse' Rumson
Mel Lynch
Wini Shaw ...
Lorna Wray (as Winifred Shaw)
Charley Foy ...
'Scoop' Trotter (as Charles Foy)
Craig Reynolds ...
Bill Hallam
Walter Wilson (as Gordon Elliott)
Exodus Johnson (as Eddie Anderson)
Eddie Kane ...
Alex Montrose
Gordon Hart ...
Mr. Woodruff
Harry Hayden ...
Mr. Armstrong


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






Release Date:

1 May 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King of Swing  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Referenced in Sunburst (1975) See more »


Jose O'Neill, the Cuban Heel
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Performed by Wini Shaw
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Don't Bother
24 August 2007 | by (Boston, Ma) – See all my reviews

Even if you like musicals (and I do), don't bother with this bit of tripe. Suffice it to say, it's short, and that's about the only thing to recommend it. The acting is horrendous, the singing, highly mediocre, and the music itself is especially abysmal tripe, with nary a hummable tune in sight (just a lot of forgettable schlock). Add to this all the dull direction and production and this comes out as a total waste of time, albeit a short time. I gather the leading man went on to become an opera star. Well, he's certainly ugly, fat, and totally lacking in any acting talent, so I'm not surprised he did. 99% of all opera singers can't act and he is no exception. And Warren and Dubin must have been scraping the bottom of the barrel for the music delivered here. Though never the caliber of a Berlin, Gershwin, Arlen, etc., they did write a few memorable tunes, but you won't find any of them here.

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