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Shemp Howard meets Ozzie Nelson in this wonderful combination of comedy and hot swing music!
django-1 from south Texas USA
3 January 2005
Films like STRICTLY IN THE GROOVE are the reason I continue to seek out
and collect obscure b-movies. This is a wonderful combination of comedy
(Shemp Howard, Leon Errol, Tim Ryan) and swing music from Ozzie Nelson
and his band. Most of the musical numbers are up-tempo and full of
exciting solos, and remind us what was so appealing about swing music
to the young people of that day. In fact, the film is initially set in
a college where the students (led by Ozzie and his friend Bob, played
by Richard Davies, who is really the protagonist of the film) talk in
outrageous swing jive language and ignore their studies to play music
and dance. Davies is a charming and witty leading man-- he's probably
best remembered for the Ritz Brothers's disappointing HI YA CHUM and
The Andrews Sisters's vehicle PRIVATE BUCKEROO. Ozzie Nelson has a warm
and engaging screen presence and reminds me of the young Buster Crabbe.
The legendary Franklin Pangborn is priceless as the fussy manager of
the resort where Bob is assistant manager and that the college crew
turn into a swing oasis. If you want pure entertainment with no time
wasted on non-essentials, STRICTLY IN THE GROOVE delivers the goods.
Don't miss it!!!
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