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Second Chorus (1940)

Passed  -  Comedy | Romance | Musical  -  3 January 1941 (USA)
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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

Complete credited cast:
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Danny O'Neill
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Ellen Miller
Artie Shaw ...
Artie Shaw
Charles Butterworth ...
Mr. Chisholm
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Hank Taylor
Frank Melton ...
Stu
Jimmy Conlin ...
Mr. Dunn (as Jimmy Conlon)
Don Brodie ...
Clerk
Marjorie Kane ...
Secretary
Joan Barclay ...
Receptionist
Willa Pearl Curtis ...
Scrubwoman
Artie Shaw and His Orchestra ...
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

Dance director Hermes Pan appears as a clarinetist in the college band sequences. 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

Artie Shaw: [to Ellen] I said 'music,' and Father said 'bottlecaps.' Father won.
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Soundtracks

Poor Mr. Chisholm
Bernard Hanighen
Played by Artie Shaw's band (uncredited)
Fred Astaire conducting and dancing (uncredited)
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Vas Good? ... Vas Pair-fect (but not so the film)
25 August 2005 | by (Victoria, B.C.Canada) – See all my reviews

SECOND CHORUS 1940 Vas Good? ... Vas Pair-fect. (but not so the film.)

The Wonderful Fred Astaire and the vibrant, young, healthy and sexy Paulette Goddard struggled valiantly with this picture. Unfortunately there were no Irving Berlin or Cole Porter melodies to hang it on. If you are an Artie Shaw fan, then you will be content. As to the acting ability of Artie Shaw, I found nothing wrong with it. He was quite natural and, as a band leader, seemed quite at home . However, he was right up there, as a dramatic actor, with Xavier Cugat and Harry James. Fred was not at his best with the love song (even Paulette looked rather dubious about it) They looked good as dancing partners but it was obvious Fred taught her what little terpsichorian skills she possessed. (nice legs, though ... but then that is my weakness) I liked the little Russian number that Mister Astaire had some fun with.

Burgess Meredith and Fred Astaire actually were pretty snappy as a comedy team. Burgess had that same glitter in his eye as Paulette (they were later married in real life)

The video that I saw was a poor copy and suffered accordingly. Perhaps it would fare better with a clear one.

With all its faults and a minimal plot, I still would recommend that you get a good copy and watch some attractive young people show the present day, minimal twits what comedy should be.

Has anyone else noticed a resemblance between Burgess Meredith and Harpo Marx? Maybe it's just the attitude. Thank you for your patience with my ramblings. Comments are welcome. OLD DAD from Babbling Books (babblingbooks@shaw.ca)


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