A group of entertainers visit the home of a radio singer to try to get her to book them on her show.

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J. P. Courtney (Charles Butterworth) wants to update the music on the radio program he sponsors, but his wife, Agatha Courtney (Billie Burke), is the final authority and addicted to the classics and won't allow him to replace Professor Bistell (Franklin Pangborn) and his symphonic orchestra. Conspiring with his daughter Sue (Gloria Jean) and her friends, Marvo the Great (Leo Carrillo), the Andrews Sisters, Anne Payne (Jane Frazee and bandleader Woody Herman (Woody Herman), they devise a sabotage plot that gets rid of Professor Bistell, and a new sound is soon heard on the program. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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It's A Swingeroo... Rootin', zootin' swing-stars... 'teen-stars... hot licks and hep-cats!

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Comedy | Music

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20 February 1942 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Music by Gene de Paul
Lyrics by Don Raye
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Jive alive!
4 November 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a terrific jive/swing/tap-dance musical from Universal, made in 1942 as part of a set of teen pix mostly starring Donald O'Connor and Gloria Jean. Woody Herman and his amazing orchestra appear several times and their rendition of Golden Wedding particularly with a knockout acrobatic tap-dance group in an electrifying sequence, The Jivin' Jacks 'n' Jills, could easily have you leap from your seat as well. Basically a formula story of kids out-swinging the older generation and encouraging them to 'get with it'... in WHAT'S COOKIN the fuddy duddies are equally hilariously played by Billie Burke, Franklin Pangborn, Charles Butterworth and Charles Lane, adding genuine witty comedy via excellent shrewed casting. Also, with the kids is Leo Carillo mangling English in a pre-Desi Arnaz way. WHAT'S COOKIN is a delight, and contains truly exciting music and jaw-dropping dance sequences. Great fun all the way of its 70 minutes. Teenage Donald O'Connor in these snazzy Universal musicals is so funny, clever and charming. An opening sequence of a slinky tap dance number on a long staircase hilariously sets the tone.


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