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Second Chorus (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance, Musical | 3 January 1941 (USA)
When perennial college students Danny O'Neill and Hank Taylor are forced to make it on their own, the competitive pair get jobs with Artie Shaw's band and reunite with ex-manager Ellen Miller.

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Cast

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Danny O'Neill
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Ellen Miller
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Artie Shaw
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J. Lester Chisholm
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Hank Taylor
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Stu
Jimmy Conlin ...
Mr. Dunn (as Jimmy Conlon)
Don Brodie ...
Hotel Clerk
Marjorie Kane ...
Secretary
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Receptionist
Willa Pearl Curtis ...
Scrubwoman
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Artie Shaw's Orchestra (as Artie Shaw and His Band)
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Storyline

Danny and Hank are surprised when Artie Shaw hires competent manager Ellen away from their college band. The two trumpet players scheme to get into Shaw's outfit themselves, each trying to trump the other's plays. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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3 January 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amor de mi vida  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lapsed into the public domain in 1967. See more »

Goofs

At c.3 minutes Danny's chair suddenly jumps to immediately (and intimately) next to Ellen's left side at the table.. See more »

Quotes

Danny O'Neill: [hiding himself] What'ya think you're doing under this bed?
Hank Taylor: Looking for a collar button.
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Connections

Featured in Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto for Clarinet
(uncredited)
Music by Artie Shaw
Played by Artie Shaw and his band with Shaw on clarinet
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First string
1 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

Astaire is as light on his feet and with his banter in this film as Ali would be years later. Fierce and funny, this film is a knockout. I tuned in expecting to see a B-grade Astaire film as many reviews note, but found it to be an underappreciated gem. As far as disposable comedies go, this film is leagues ahead of what passes for said genre today. Effervescent and hip, the film never strikes a false note, the jazz is hot, and while the songs may not be familiar standards, they mesh well with the plot and have a comic touch that is absent in a lot of musicals. There is never a dull moment, and Burgess Meredith, as second banana, is a delight. It is thoroughly enjoyable.


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