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Swingtime in the Movies (1938)

In this musical short, a director named Nitvitch, unhappy with the lead actress in his Western, makes an unexpected discovery in the studio cafe where some big stars are being served by a bevy of beautiful singing, dancing waitresses.

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Kathryn Kane ...
Joan Mason (as Katherine Kane)
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Rick Arden
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Sammy
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The Texas Tornado
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Lorna, an Actress
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Kate, Head Waitress
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Trouble is brewing on the set of the musical western, "The Texas Tornado". Nitvitch, the director, is having problems getting his leading lady to speak with a southern accent. When he inadvertently mentions in the Studio Canteen that he is looking for a replacement actress who can do a southern accent for the part, Nitvitch gets throes of aspiring young actresses clamoring at him. However, the one who catches his attention is Joan Mason, a true southerner who is working as a waitress in the canteen. Joan hopes to make the most of her starring opportunity. Written by Huggo

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24 December 1938 (USA)  »

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Technicolor Specials (1938-1939) #3: Swingtime in the Movies  »

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1.37 : 1
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This is John Garfield's only theatrical release in Technicolor. See more »

Crazy Credits

All the stars with cameos, beginning with Humphrey Bogart, are identified by the head waitress at the studio cafeteria (played by Irene Franklin). See more »

Connections

References Boy Meets Girl (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

You Oughta Be in Pictures
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Music by Dana Suesse
Performed by studio orchestra
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Silly but amusing
8 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Academy-award nominated Short Subject. It's about director Nivitch (Fritz Feld) trying to shoot a Western but having nothing but trouble. He needs a girl with a Southern accent...and finds one working as a waitress in the studio restaurant. You can write the rest yourself.

This sounds pretty terrible but it's amusing. It's shot in Technicolor and has some pretty good songs and dances--the dances especially are designed to take advantage of the color. The acting is just OK--Kathryn Kane and Jerry Colonna are the leads. There are also some cameos from Warner Brothers stars in the restaurant. Among them, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Pat O'Brien--all in color and smiling for the cameras!

Nothing great but fun. Worth seeing.


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