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The Fabulous Dorseys (1947)

Approved | | Biography, Music, Romance | 21 February 1947 (USA)
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 ...
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Jane Howard
Paul Whiteman ...
Paul Whiteman
William Lundigan ...
Bob Burton
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Mrs. Dorsey
Arthur Shields ...
Mr. Dorsey
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Foggy
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Eddie
James Flavin ...
Gorman
Charlie Barnet ...
Charlie Barnet
Bob Eberly ...
Bob Eberly
Henry Busse ...
Henry Busse
Helen O'Connell ...
Helen O'Connell
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 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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Waitin' at the Gate for Katy
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
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10 overall - but with a lot of 2's and 3's inside
22 October 2006 | by (Tulsa OK) – See all my reviews

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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