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The rise and rise of the Fabulous Dorsey brothers is charted in this whimsical step down memory lane, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey play themselves in this vehicle for their excellent music. From being raised by their father who insists on them learning music, to the split that just saw their careers rise even further. Written by
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Tally the various qualities of this flick: the Dorsey brothers couldn't act for proverbial "sour apples;" they are in their 40's (look 10 years older), yet are supposedly 20 or so as they begin their careers; their wisecracking banjo player (Foggy), obviously intended as a comic-relief quipster, only succeeds in making you want to jamb your index finger down your throat as far as possible; the contrived silly, superfluous, romantic relationship between Lundigan and Blair takes the word "insipid" to new heights - and she all but swoons when he reveals to her his desire to "write a concerto;" (this duo makes you want to insert your other index finger into your throat); the actor and actress, portraying Mom and Pop Dorsey, effect Irish accents which would be thought extreme by an audience in a Dublin theater (theatre); and about 50 other details which could be added.
But.......... these two were superb musicians, and the Tommy Dorsey orchestra remains today - also, the film evokes a nostalgic, great bygone era. The music, songs and performers, in addition to the brothers, provide a "who's who" in our musical history. Paul Whiteman, Art Tatum, Charlie Barnet would alone make any film worth seeing. And Henry Busse is thought by some to be perhaps the best trumpeter ever - certainly near the top among Biederbecke, Hirt, James, Armstrong, McCoy, etc.
This movie might only rate a 2- to 4-star mark based upon the acting and plot contrivances. But the awfulness in the acting makes it even more fascinating, and with the music and the personalities in this film, it is worth an overall "10."
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