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Swing! (1938)

| Musical, Drama
Ted Gregory is trying to be the first black producer to mount a show on Broadway, but he has trouble with his star singer.

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Complete credited cast:
Cora Green ...
Larry Seymour ...
Cornell Jenkins
Hazel Diaz ...
Eloise Jackson / Cora Smith
Alec Lovejoy ...
Lem Jackson / Big Jones
Amanda Randolph ...
Liza Freeman (as Mandy Randolph)
Trixie Smith ...
Lucy
Carman Newsome ...
Ted Gregory
Nat Reed ...
Ted, Gregory's Assistant
Sammy Gardiner ...
Sammy, Gregory's Assistant
Dorothy Van Engle ...
Lena Powell
Doli Armena ...
Miss Watkins, a Trumpet Player
Columbus Jackson ...
A Hustler
George R. Taylor ...
Mr. Becker, Theatrical Backer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leon Gross
Consuelo Harris ...
(as Miss Harris)
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When Mandy Jenkins catches her husband Cornell out on a date with Eloise Jackson in a small cabaret in Birmingham, Alabama, she and Jackson have a fight. Months later, Eloise is living in Harlem and about to star in a musical, produced and directed by Ted Gregory, who hopes to be the first black producer to put on a show on Broadway. Mandy, meanwhile, has also moved to Harlem, and is hired by Gregory as wardrobe mistress at the suggestion of his secretary, Lena, with whom Gregory has fallen in love. But Gregory has problems getting backing for the show, and is unhappy that Eloise often comes drunk and late to the rehearsals. And things look hopeless when Eloise breaks her leg falling down a stairway while in a drunken stupor. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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I Got Rhythm, Boy
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Played on piano by one Tyler twin; sung and tap-danced by the other Tyler twin
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Decent Race Film
26 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Swing! (1938)

** (out of 4)

Oscar Micheaux directed film about an abused maid (Cora Green) who catches her wannabe pimp boyfriend cheating on her so she runs off to Harlem. Once in Harlem she gets a job in an off Broadway production for a producer who hopes to get the first black production on Broadway. This story certainly isn't original and there's not much flair but the film remains slightly entertaining throughout due to some good direction and some great jazz numbers. The performances are average for the most part but Green is good enough not too drag the film down. There's one scene where a woman, drunk of course, falls down some steps and breaks her leg, which gets a huge laughs, which was certainly unintentional.


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