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Swing Fever (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 1 November 1943 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ginger Gray
'Waltzy' Malone
'Killer' Kennedy
Lena Horne
Nick Sirocco
Dan Conlon
Andrew Tombes ...
Dr. Clyde L. Star
Clyde Fillmore ...
Mr. Nagen
Lou Nova ...
Kid Mandell
Jack Roper ...
Vocalist with Kay Kyser's Orchestra
Sully Mason ...


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 Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Dance! Sing! It's So JOYOUS!


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Release Date:

1 November 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Right About Face  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Thursday 18 April 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11) and in Philadelphia Thursday 23 May 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); its television premiere in San Francisco occurred 19 December 1958 on KGO-TV (Channel 7). See more »


I Planted a Rose
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Lew Brown and Ralph Freed
Sung by Harry Babbitt
Played by Kay Kyser and His Band
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Kay K.O.'d
3 January 2006 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Columbia, RKO,and Republic, among others, turned out escapist wartime musicals by the dozens, and their lack of availability is probably a blessing; this one, from MGM, has sleeker production values but is similarly impoverished of imagination. It's a mishmash involving boxing, swing, hypnosis, Marilyn Maxwell twitching cutely, the unwatchable Ish Kabibble, Nat Pendleton still playing a punch-drunk heavyweight over a decade after "Horse Feathers," and lots of pulchritude to please the boys overseas. (Even Ava Gardner has an unbilled bit.) Kay Kyser could swing it, all right, but he was no actor, and it's almost painful to watch him go through these contrived paces. There's one good number -- no, check that, there's one not-very-good number made bearable by Lena Horne and some good production design -- among lots of trivial swing, and lots of camera trickery in the production numbers, presumably to disguise the paucity of invention. Tommy Dorsey and Harry James show up briefly; they look like they visited the set on lunch hour from other, better movies.

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