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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 »



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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Benny Goodman and His Orchestra ...
Orchestra (as Benny Goodman and His Band)
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


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>

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Musical | Romance


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Release Date:

15 January 1945 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Benny kommer till stan  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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(1918) (uncredited)
Music by Ernest Seitz
Lyrics by Gene Lockhart
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Wonderful music but thin plot
16 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Paper thin plot but what great music!! James Cardwell was attractive but the star presence just was not there which shows whenever another actor that has it like Linda Darnell or Jack Oakie is on screen, he just disappears. Lynn Bari and Allyn Joslyn add nice touches of spice throughout. Benny Goodman was no actor but it doesn't matter when the music starts. Linda Darnell is fantastically beautiful even able to carry off some of the elaborate hairstyles of the period that swamped many women. This is the kind of part that 20th Century Fox wasted her in through her years at the studio. To get a glimpse at what a great actress she could be catch "Summer Storm" her next film after this where she shows given the chance that she was capable of brilliant things.

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