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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
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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 Fighting Dorseys  »

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At about 54:10 of the film a jam session is featured with the Dorseys and gifted pianist Art Tatum. 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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Everybody's Doin' It Now
Written by Irving Berlin
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It's all about the music
26 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I would give "The Fabulous Dorseys" a 10 on the basis of the music alone. If the acting by the Dorsey Brothers does not exactly bowl you over, at least it were the actual brothers portraying themselves. The music is sublime, and if you like the classic big-band sound, you will love the music here. There are guest stars as well, chief among them being Paul Whiteman, in one of his rare film appearances. Lovely Helen O' Connell is along to vocalize to some of the Dorsey Brother's biggest hits. Based on the reviews I have read about this film, I wouldn't bother, but I have learned to listen to my own opinions of certain films after viewing them. That is why we have websites like this so we can share our honest opinions of these films.


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