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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jimmy Dorsey ...
Jimmy Dorsey
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Jane Howard
Paul Whiteman ...
Bandleader
William Lundigan ...
Bob Burton
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Mrs. Dorsey
Arthur Shields ...
Mr. Dorsey
Dave Willock ...
Foggy
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Eddie
James Flavin ...
Gorman
Charlie Barnet ...
Bandleader
Bob Eberly ...
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Henry Busse ...
Bandleader
Helen O'Connell ...
Band Vocalist
Mike Pingatore ...
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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 Paul Batey <pbatey@laurel.ocs.mq.edu.au>

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The life of two giants of swing-era jazz.


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The Fighting Dorseys  »

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Although much of the story takes place in the 1920's and 1930's, Jane's fashions, make-up, and hair styles are straight out of the late 1940's when this picture was made. See more »

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Mrs. Dorsey: There is only one thing worse than being Irish, and that's not being Irish.
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It's entertaining, a great showcase for the Dorseys' music, but not much else.
31 January 1999 | by (Denver, CO) – See all my reviews

The true story of the rise of jazz/swing bandleaders Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, The Fabulous Dorseys' appeal rests primarily on its basis in reality (the Dorseys portray themselves, in fact) and the many live performances recreated for the film. As for plot, well, it has none to speak of. The supporting cast is ornamental, and character development consists, for all but the last 15 minutes, of little more than establishing that the brothers don't always see eye to eye. Also, the film commands top honors when it comes to abysmal lip-synching and faux piano-playing. Nevertheless, it's clear that the point is to showcase the Dorsey's music and quell any gossip that may have been going around, at the time, about the tension between the Fabulous Dorseys, and on that level, this musical biography is pleasantly entertaining.


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