Sweet and Low-Down (1944)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Benny Goodman and His Orchestra ...
Orchestra (as Benny Goodman and His Band)
Lynn Bari ...
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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Release Date:

15 January 1945 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Benny kommer till stan  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Hollywood Reporter production charts listed June Haver in the cast, but she did not appear in the movie. See more »


Chug Chug Choo-Choo Chug
Music by James V. Monaco (as James Monaco)
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by the Benny Goodman Orchestra (uncredited)
Sung by Lynn Bari (uncredited) (dubbed by Lorraine Elliott (uncredited))
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Good music by a Master.
14 February 2000 | by (Whitefish Bay, WI) – See all my reviews

Benny Goodman's music is what makes this film. Bad plot, but it somehow must have impressed Woody Allen to have him rework it into a 1999 film. The trombone playing was dubbed by Bill Harris, then playing in Benny Goodman's band. Harris is considered one of the outstanding jazz and swing trombone players of all time. Too bad he wasn't on screen in a talking part, but he is seen in the action shots of the band playing. He would have bested Benny Goodman in acting.

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