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Swing Hostess (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 8 September 1944 (USA)
Rags-to-riches-to-rags story features Benny Goodman vocalist Martha Tilton as an unemployed big band singer who takes a job as an operator at a jukebox company. After falling in love with a... See full summary »

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Marge O'Day
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Benny Jackson
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Bobo
Harry Holman ...
Fralick
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Blodgett
Betty Brodel ...
Phoebe
Claire Rochelle ...
Fralick's Secretary
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Spumoni
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Hank
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Merlini, the Magician
Earle Bruce ...
Joe Sweeney
Bob Gooding ...
1st Butch, Speciality Act
Walter Pietila ...
2nd Butch, Speciality Act (as Walt Pietila)
Gene Windson ...
3rd Butch, Speciality Act
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Rags-to-riches-to-rags story features Benny Goodman vocalist Martha Tilton as an unemployed big band singer who takes a job as an operator at a jukebox company. After falling in love with a bandleader, she gets a chance to get back in the limelight by singing for his group. Written by Alessandro Martini <alemartini@geocities.com>

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IT'S HEP! IT'S HILARIOUS! IT'S HOT! - When The Queen of Swing Sings! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in Washington DC Monday 14 August 1947 on WTTG (Channel 5), in New York City Thursday 2 October 1947 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in Los Angeles Saturday 29 January 1949 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »

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Got An Invitation
Written by Jay Livingston, Ray Evans and Lewis Bellin
Sung by Martha Tilton
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Good
4 October 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Judy (Martha Tilton) auditions as a singer for a band but her audition isn't properly heard by the man that counts and she gets rejected. She then goes to make a record but once again fortune goes against her as her voice is mistaken for that of Phoebe (Betty Brodel) who wins a singing contract as a result. Will Judy realize her dream to become a singer.............?

The film is light and entertaining and Martha Tilton has a great voice. She sings 4 good songs and 1 turkey called "The Highway Polka". The latter song is painful to watch mainly due to Bobo's (Cliff Nazarro) cheesy smiling face and very predictable honking of his car horn. He also speaks in a stupid way. The other irritating character is the landlord Blodgett (Emmett Lynn) who is one of those comedy characters that just isn't ever funny. The rest of the cast are OK and the film has some funny moments, eg, Brodel's bad singing and the reactions of the piano player. It's the singing of Martha Tilton that makes this film something to watch again.


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