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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 ...
Band Vocalist
Henry Busse ...
Bandleader
Helen O'Connell ...
Band Vocalist
Mike Pingatore ...
Musician
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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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21 February 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Fighting Dorseys  »

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Final film (as cinematographer) of James Van Trees. 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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When You and I Were Young, Maggie
Music by J.A. Butterfield
Played at the dance
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The Fabulous Dorseys
21 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have to agree that the movie is not the best I've ever seen, but I would like to make mention that the actors portraying Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey were the actual Dorsey brothers. As actors, they were wonderful musicians. The movie, based on their famous split, would have been better had professional actors played the parts. Many movies made during this time frame took advantage of the popularity of Big Bands. Most often, the movies were not that good because musicians are not actors by trade. Most of the movie-going audience didn't go to see Tommy or Jimmy Dorsey playing themselves; they went for the plot and the music. I've never been much of a Dorsey fan, but the music is good even today.

I have to comment on a previous post regarding the actors who played Mom and Pop Dorsey and that their accents would be considered extreme by a Dublin audience. Arthur Shields and Sara Allgood were actually Irish actors, both born in Dublin. You might remember Mr. Shields as the Reverend Mr. Playfair in The Quiet Man and Ms. Allgood as Mrs. Monahan in Cheaper By The Dozen.


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