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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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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)  »

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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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Written and Performed by Art Tatum at the nightclub
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Bad Acting, but what do you expect?
8 October 2004 | by (Luxembourg City, Luxembourg) – See all my reviews

The Dorsey Brothers were great musicians, and I admire their work greatly, but they weren't actors. They could carry off reasonable performances in cameo roles in films, like Tommy Dorsey did in the film "a star is born" but other than that, they were not worthy of a main role.

However, I am not here to dump this film; it has some fantastic music in it, including a great jam session with Art Tatum. We are treated to a fabulous amount of Dorsey hits like Tommy Dorsey's soulful rendition of "I'm Getting Sentimental over you" and Jimmy Dorsey's swingey rendition of "Tangerine".

Also, there are some enjoyable cameo appearances (apart from Tatum) that include the famous bandleader Paul Whiteman and the singer Bob Eberle.

The worst thing about this film is a romantic relationship that occurs between the DB band's pianist and the singer. This relationship has virtually nothing to do with the film, and amounts to an unbearable schmaltz.

"The fabulous Dorseys" isn't a bad film but you probably have to be a massive fan of the talented brothers to truly like this film. Enjoy the music! 7/10


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