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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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Release Date:

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

Cut from the movie was "Me and the Ghost Upstairs" (music by Bernard Hanighen, lyrics by Johnny Mercer), sung by Fred Astaire and danced by him with the film's dance director, Hermes Pan, who was covered by a sheet. The prerecording and rehearsal footage still exist. Mr. Astaire's commercial waxing, initially released by Columbia Records on a single, has been reissued on two import CD box sets: "The Centenary Collection" from by the British label Castle Pulse, and "Songs & Pictures 1928-1944" on EPM Music, a French company. 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

Ellen Miller: [in a fake Russian accent] Vas good?
Danny O'Neill: Vas per-fect.
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Soundtracks

The New Moon Is Shining
(uncredited)
Traditional ballad
Played at the Russian cafe
Danced by Fred Astaire
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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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