Lowell Blackford (Kay Kyser) is blessed with a gift of music,but also cursed with a hereditary "evil eye" which hypnotizes people,and he is virtually a recluse. He goes in search of a ...
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Lowell Blackford (Kay Kyser) is blessed with a gift of music,but also cursed with a hereditary "evil eye" which hypnotizes people,and he is virtually a recluse. He goes in search of a Broadway publisher for a symphonietta he has written, and ends up crashing an audition at the Swing Publishing Company, where he meets torch singer Ginger Gray (Marilyn Maxwell) and her fiance and promoter, Waltzy Malone (William Gargan). Ginger accidently walks off with his music and he follows her to a gym where Waltzy's fighter, "Killer" Kennedy (Nat Pendleton), has just been kayoed by his sparring partner. Waltzy learns of Lowell's hypnotic power and believes that Kennedy can win the championship if Lowell uses his power against the champ. He arranges for Lowell to lead the band at the club where Ginger sings. The latter objects to the role she is to play in getting Lowell to use his "evil eye" but Waltzy persuades her to go along by telling Lowell that Kennedy is her brother and it means everything ... Written by
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For some reason, most of the commenters on IMDb are overly harsh and critical. Swing Fever isn't Gone With the Wind; it's not even the Marx Brothers. But for a light comedy with a fun plot, interesting characters, and a lot of great music, it's worth every penny of your video rental cost.
Kyser is as sympathetic and fun to watch as ever... and sure, I would have loved to see more of the band, more Ish, more dancing, more singing, more plot. But come on, we don't have five hours! It never drags, I wasn't looking at my watch, nothing to make me cringe, no bad performances. Even the bad guy isn't a total heel; he just doesn't know any other way.
I taped this off Turner, and it's definitely a keeper. I know I'm going to watch it several more times. You should see it at least once.
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