6.0/10
121
6 user 3 critic

Sweet and Low-Down (1944)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 15 January 1945 (Sweden)
After their annual free concert at Chicago's Dearborn Settlement, Benny Goodman and his band are packing up to move on to their next engagement at a military camp, when a kid, Tony Birch, ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (original story) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Summer Storm (1944)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In this filmed Chekhov adaptation, Olga is an alluring peasant woman who lures cynical aristocrat Fedor away from his milquetoast fiancée, with tragic consequences.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Linda Darnell, George Sanders, Anna Lee
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young turn-of-the-century newspaper man finds he can get hold of the next day's paper. This brings more problems than fortune, especially as his new girlfriend is part of a phony clairvoyant act.

Director: René Clair
Stars: Dick Powell, Linda Darnell, Jack Oakie
History | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In 1876 Philadelphia, two sisters vie for the affections of a Frenchman who's come to town to prepare the French pavilion for the Centennial exposition.

Director: Otto Preminger
Stars: Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, Cornel Wilde
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A promising classical musician finds his life poisoned by a music hall dancer -- and by the strange gaps in his memory.

Director: John Brahm
Stars: Laird Cregar, Linda Darnell, George Sanders
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A young woman's husband has been imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. In order to be near him to try to help him get his sentence overturned, she moves into a boardinghouse near the prison whose residents are the wives of inmates.

Director: Sidney Salkow
Stars: Linda Darnell, Edgar Buchanan, Michael Duane
Star Dust (1940)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Carolyn Sayres gets a Hollywood contract from talent scout Brooke but is later rejected because she's too young. She falls in love with Bud Borden, another contractee who helps her to ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: Linda Darnell, John Payne, Roland Young
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Stupid football player is kidnapped by gangsters. Lunatics abound: former footballer now dancer, professor interested in magic, gangster who makes horse noises when excited.

Director: Allan Dwan
Stars: Jack Oakie, George Murphy, Linda Darnell
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A girl from Syracuse goes to New York to see her boyfriend, successful architect who no longer cares for her. Fellow residents at a women's hotel encourage her to become a top model. When boyfriend tries to come back to her he has rivals.

Director: Gregory Ratoff
Stars: Ann Sothern, Linda Darnell, James Ellison
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Leonard Borland loves his monied wife, but with his wrecking business looking shaky he treasures her all the more. So when she decides to try again to become an opera singer he indulges her... See full summary »

Director: Edmund Goulding
Stars: Paul Douglas, Linda Darnell, Celeste Holm
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

During World War II, all the studios put out "all-star" vehicles which featured virtually every star on the lot--often playing themselves--in musical numbers and comedy skits, and were ... See full summary »

Directors: A. Edward Sutherland, John Rawlins
Stars: George Raft, Vera Zorina, Grace McDonald
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After County Attorney Dave Connors helps Julia Norman with her shiftless father, Jefferson Norman, she leaves Jericho, Kansas to college to study for a law degree.A few years later, Algeria... See full summary »

Director: John M. Stahl
Stars: Cornel Wilde, Linda Darnell, Anne Baxter
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Women in the life of prizefighter John L. Sullivan.

Director: Frank Tuttle
Stars: Linda Darnell, Barbara Britton, Greg McClure
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Benny Goodman and His Orchestra ...
Orchestra (as Benny Goodman and His Band)
...
...
Popsy
...
Pat Stirling
James Cardwell ...
Johnny Birch
...
Lester Barnes
John Campbell ...
Dixie Zang
Roy Benson ...
Skeets McCormick
...
Military Cadet General 'Mogie' Cramichael
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Leader of His Band
Edit

Storyline

After their annual free concert at Chicago's Dearborn Settlement, Benny Goodman and his band are packing up to move on to their next engagement at a military camp, when a kid, Tony Birch, steals Goodman's clarinet. Goodman and Popsie pursue him to a tenement flat where he has led them to hear his brother, Johnny Birch, play the trombone. Goodman offers him a job, over Popsie's protest, with the band. Aboard the train, Johnny accidentally enters the compartment of the band's singer, Pat Sterling, and gets his face slapped. At the military camp, which turns out to be a boy's military academy (which accounts for juvenile players such as Dickie Moore and Harry McKin running around with such titles as General and Major), Goodman finds a real audience in the jive-mad, jitterbug kids. Masquerading as a sweet, 16-year-old girl friend of one of the cadets who is, in reality, her nephew, Trudy Wilson meets her old friend Goodman who introduces her to Johnny, whose music she admired. However, ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 January 1945 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Benny kommer till stan  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Hollywood Reporter production charts listed June Haver in the cast, but she did not appear in the movie. See more »

Soundtracks

Jersey Bounce
(1942) (uncredited)
Music by Bobby Plater, Edward Johnson and Tiny Bradshaw
Lyrics by Buddy Feyne
Performed by the Benny Goodman and His Orchestra at the Middleton prom
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Goodman not Goodactor!
26 July 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

Benny Goodman is the star of this wartime film and he's a rotten actor - but who cares? This is all about his music and it's very good. The plot is nowhere, the ending very silly and the performers attractive but bland - except for Dickie Moore who is hilarious as an uppity cadet. See it to hear it and forget the rest.


9 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Sweet and Low-Down (1944) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?