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Swing Your Lady (1938)

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Promoter Ed Hatch comes to the Ozarks with his slow-witted wrestler Joe Skopapoulos whom he pits against a hillbilly Amazon blacksmith, Sadie Horn. Joe falls in love with her and won't ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ollie Davis
Mrs. Davis (as Elviry)
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Tommy Bupp ...
Sonny Bupp ...
Len (as Sunny Bupp)
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Promoter Ed Hatch comes to the Ozarks with his slow-witted wrestler Joe Skopapoulos whom he pits against a hillbilly Amazon blacksmith, Sadie Horn. Joe falls in love with her and won't fight. At least not until Sadie's beau Noah shows up. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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8 January 1938 (USA)  »

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The opening credits list "The Weaver Brothers and Elviry" as a group cast member, but the end credits lists the individual members of the group. The end credits were used in the IMDb listing. See more »


Joe Skopapoulos: Hey, is your old man home?
Sadie Horn: Haw, last I seen o' him, he wuz goin' out possum huntin'.
Joe Skopapoulos: Ain't he liable to come in any minute?
Sadie Horn: I don't reckon. That wuz eleven years ago.
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Referenced in The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »


Dig Me a Grave in Missouri
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Performed by The Plunkett City hillbillies, including Leon Weaver, Frank Weaver and June Weaver
Reprised a cappella by Nat Pendleton and Louise Fazenda
Played as background music often
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Bogey in the Ozarks
9 September 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Wrestling manager Humphrey Bogart is stranded with his wrestler, Nat Pendleton, and the rest of the entourage, Frank McHugh and Allen Jenkins in some Hooterville like town in the Ozarks. The boys are down and out and Bogey wants to scare up a match for some traveling money.

He meets up with Amazonian blacksmith Louise Fazenda and arranges a match, but Pendleton and Fazenda fall in love and that plan goes awry. Not to worry because Fazenda has some gargantuan guy who's been a-courtin' her and he's out of joint. So the match is Pendleton and Daniel Boone Savage.

Bogart said it to all who'd listen that he thought this was his worst feature film. I can certainly see why he thought so. He really looks so uncomfortable even in a set supposed to resemble hillbilly heaven.

My guess is that the Warner Brothers were trying to get to a different audience. They were known as the urban studio in the Thirties and concentrated on a product geared to that audience. Other than Dick Foran B westerns a whole market was being untapped.

I'm sure this must have been offered to Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney before Bogey. He wasn't a big star then so this kind of material could be fluffed off on him.

So we've got Sam Spade in Hooterville along with a lot of hillbilly music and even a brief role by the 40th President of the United States as a reporter.

For die hard Bogey fans only.

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