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Swing High, Swing Low (1937)

Passed  -  Drama | Musical | Romance  -  12 March 1937 (USA)
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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 »

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Maggie King
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Skid Johnson
Charles Butterworth ...
Harry
Jean Dixon ...
Ella
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Anita Alvarez
Harvey Stephens ...
Harvey Howell
Cecil Cunningham ...
Murphy
Charles Arnt ...
Georgie
Franklin Pangborn ...
Henri
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The Don
Charles Judels ...
Tony
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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 Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Release Date:

12 March 1937 (USA)  »

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A Comédia da Vida  »

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$739,621 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Apparently, the copyright on this film was not renewed and it thereby fell into public domain status, as a result of which, inferior copies proliferate both the VHS and DVD markets, offered by dealers who do not have access to the original negative or archival prints. See more »

Quotes

Marguerite 'Maggie' King: You wouldn't want him running around New York in ice cream pants, would you?
Murphy: I wouldn't want him running around New York at all.
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Version of The Dance of Life (1929) See more »

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The Black Rooster
(1937) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Al Siegel, Phil Boutelje and Charles Kisco
Written for the movie but not sung
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Something About Burlesque
2 April 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The third Fred MacMurray/Carole Lombard film is a bit more serious than Hands Across the Table and The Princess Comes Across. It's yet another adaption of the play Burlesque which apparently was popular back in the day.

The original play Burlesque ran on Broadway in the 1927-1928 season for 372 performances and it's the role that Carole Lombard plays that Barbara Stanwyck originated on Broadway that brought her to Hollywood. A version starred Nancy Carroll in the early days of talkies and later on Betty Grable and Dan Dailey did still another version of it in When My Baby Smiles At Me.

In fact I have a vinyl album of a radio version that Al Jolson and Ruby Keeler did for the Lux Radio Theater. That's an interesting work, believe me.

Anyway MacMurray and Lombard do fine by the old chestnut, the story is now set in a nightclub where Lombard is a singer and MacMurray is a jazz trumpeter. Note a nice performance by Dorothy Lamour as the Latin vixen who gets between Fred and Carole. Also Anthony Quinn is in one of his earliest films as a wolf on the make for Lombard.

Swing High, Swing Low holds up real nice today and I wouldn't be surprised if we see yet another version of Burlesque for the Twenty First Century.


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