1 user

Swing Social (1940)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 18 May 1940 (USA)
A preacher advises a brother from the congregation that he will not be catching any black bass on the Sabbath, as the fish are having their own "swing social."


(uncredited), (uncredited) | 1 more credit »


Uncredited cast:
Billy Mitchell ...
Deacon / Male Black Bass (voice) (uncredited)

Comic-Con 2017: All Aboard the IMDboat


July 20 to 23, 2017

Get entertainment news, trailer drops, and photos with IMDb's coverage of 2017 San Diego Comic-Con featuring host and IMDboat captain Kevin Smith. Watch our exclusive celebrity interviews, and tune in to our LIVE show from 3:30 to 5 p.m. PDT on Saturday, July 22.

Browse Our Guide to Comic-Con



Another one of those cartoons that gets the political-incorrect, history revisionists all knotted up. The Deacon is on his way to church in the Deep South and sees a brother from the congregation setting out to do some Sunday fishing. The preacher advises the fisherman that he will not be catching any fish on the Sabbath, as the fish are having their own underwater camp-meeting. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

18 May 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sunnuntaisvingiä  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


[first lines]
Chorus: [singing] Swing low, sweet chariot, / Comin' for to carry me home. / Swing low, sweet chariot, / Comin' for to carry me home.
Deacon: Er, uh, good mornin', Brother Brown.
See more »


Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Written by Wallis Willis
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Swing Social is entertaining if a little politically incorrect
7 June 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, LA) – See all my reviews

In this politically incorrect cartoon from 1940, a black preacher on Sunday has caught a black fisherman not going to church. He then tells of why black fish don't bite on the sabbath as we are treated to a musical sequence of Negro fish singing about the devil and what he represents and how to defeat him. I suppose one should be relieved that the human black characters are only seen from the neck down though there's still some of the mangled English dialect to deal with. The music is for the most part entertaining and mostly avoids stereotyping (brief fried chicken sequence notwithstanding). Certainly worth seeing for anyone who loves swing music and loves all '30s and '40s animation styles. Directed by Rudolf Ising who previously created Bosko with Hugh Harmon.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: