At school, a music teacher is testing the pupil's ability to sing. The 16-year old Inga Danell starts to sing a song so catchy that everybody in the classroom starts to sing. The singing is... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Adolf Jahr ...
Musiklärare 'Susen' Bergman
Alice Babs ...
Inga Danell (as Alice 'Babs' Nilson)
Solveig Hedengran ...
Fröken Lena Larsson
Carl Hagman ...
Rektorn William Löfbeck (as Quarl Hagman)
Viran Rydkvist ...
Rektorskan Agda Löfbeck (as Viran Rydqvist)
Thor Modéen ...
Karl-Otto Löfbeck
John Botvid ...
Vaktmästare Gustafsson
Georg Funkquist ...
Franskläraren Furubeck
Linnéa Hillberg ...
Fru Danell (as Linnea Hillberg)
Julia Cæsar ...
Fröken Jonsson
Åke Johansson ...
Axel 'Acke' Danell
Nils Hallberg ...
Ture Andersson (as Nisse Hallberg)
Ulla Hodell ...
Sonja Holmquist
Britt Hagman ...
Olga Pettersson
Ragnar Planthaber ...


At school, a music teacher is testing the pupil's ability to sing. The 16-year old Inga Danell starts to sing a song so catchy that everybody in the classroom starts to sing. The singing is interrupted by the principal, who thinks that jazz and swing dancing is awful. Inga then starts performing at a nightclub, where her music teacher happens to be the pianist. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Comedy | Music


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Release Date:

21 December 1940 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

'Swing It' Teacher  »

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1.37 : 1
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The actual on-screen title is not possible to add to IMDb: "Swing it" magistern. See more »


When Acke and Inga have both been to the dance restaurant and are talking, just before they go to bed, Inga says she will lie awake, thinking of her beloved all night long. Acke points out that she will then be too tired to go to school the next day. However, it's Saturday night, so the next day is Sunday - when there is no school. See more »


Referenced in Swing it, fröken (1956) See more »


Swing ling lej
Music by Thore Ehrling and Eskil Eckert-Lundin
Lyrics by Hasse Ekman
Performed by Alice Babs
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Alica Babs is just fab...
7 May 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This delicious Swedish musical from 1940 is a college comedy in the US Monogram style with a classroom full of music teens who are delighted to find their new teacher also loves swing music. It mainly stars lovely Swedish teen singer Alice Babs Nilsson who was the Gale Storm or Deanna Durbin of her time. The vintage Swedish musicals and some thrillers of their times are clearly influenced by US movies, but with this film I think there was a reversal of interest, given the film's snappy music and gang-show-musical fun: see the PRC musical of 1943 called JIVE JUNCTION which stars Dickie Moore as it is the same story albeit with different tunes and in an American school.

The main song here called "SWING IT MAGISTERN: Swing It" is a great tune and turns up again in the gorgeous 1958 musical JAZZGOSSEN. Just as Garbo proved in the 20s and with INTERMEZZO of 1936 remade as INTERMEZZO of 1939 by Selznick, there was many eyes on the delights of Swedish films... and especially mine lately.

A sequel to SWING IT MAGISTERN was made in 1943, it is called VORAT GANG (Our Gang) and has more songs and is a bigger production. These Swedish musicals are just terrific. And Alice Babs is divine. Both out now on DVD too!

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