In Panama, Maggie King meets soldier Skid Johnson on his last day in the army and reluctantly agrees to a date to celebrate. The two become involved in a nightclub brawl which causes Maggie... See full summary »
In Panama, Maggie King meets soldier Skid Johnson on his last day in the army and reluctantly agrees to a date to celebrate. The two become involved in a nightclub brawl which causes Maggie to miss her ship back to the States. Now stranded, she's forced to move in with Skid and his pal Harry. She soon falls in love with Skid. Skid gets a job playing the trumpet at a local club and becomes a big success. Fame and fortune go to his head which eventually destroys his relationship Maggie and his career. Written by
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Cruising through the Panama Canal, pretty Carole Lombard (as Maggie King) resists the advances of date-hungry Fred MacMurray (as Skid Johnson), who is celebrating his last day in the US Army. When Ms. Lombard jumps ship, Mr. MacMurray manages to put himself in her driver's seat. The couple fight and bicker while dating, which you can safely bet means love and marriage are on deck. Credit the film will putting a little delay in that department, however. Lombard gets interested when MacMurray pulls out his trumpet. He turns out to be a professional musician. Eventually MacMurray's boozing "Skid" hits the skids...
The stars are an attractive couple with natural chemistry, but there is too little spark in this middling story. Moreover, MacMurray plays a character written with little appeal. Lombard's character seems not too bright. You can tell "Skid" has a problem. It's too bad, because MacMurray's performance is fine. Watch for a young and handsome Anthony Quinn to try to pick up Lombard, and brawl with MacMurray. Also, lovely young Dorothy Lamour (as Anita Alvarez) plays the exotic other woman. Charles Butterworth (as Harry) is MacMurray's loyal male pal, and Franklin Pangborn appears too briefly. It's cast high, but swings low.
****** Swing High, Swing Low (3/12/37) Mitchell Leisen ~ Fred MacMurray, Carole Lombard, Dorothy Lamour, Charles Butterworth
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