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Symphony of Swing (1939)

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Artie Shaw and his orchestra perform popular songs with guest stars.

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Complete credited cast:
Artie Shaw ...
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Artie Shaw and His Orchestra ...
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Helen Forrest ...
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Tony Pastor ...
Himself - Singer / Saxophonist
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Artie Shaw and his big band do four numbers, a lyric "Alone Together," "Jeepers Creepers" with vocals by Tony Pastor, "Deep Purple" sung by Helen Forrest, and a swinging "Lady Be Good." Shaw leads the band and gets in a few licks on his clarinet. The cinematography and editing include arty angled shots of the band and, for "Lady Be Good," double exposure of the band superimposed on a dance floor of young people. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Music

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30 December 1939 (USA)  »

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Vitaphone Reel B235. See more »

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Lady Be Good
(uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Variations performed by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra with Shaw on clarinet
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Vitaphone short gives a glimpse of Artie Shaw and his band...
17 June 2010 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Actually, this Artie Shaw band sounds like many other big bands of that era with nothing to really give it a distinct sound--at least not in the same way as the Glenn Miller orchestra.

But he does a good job on a few oldies like "Deep Purple" (sung by Helen Forrest), "Lady Be Good" and "Jeepers Creepers," all done in swing fashion with good photography concentrating on the band members rather than Shaw himself.

It's a lively ten minutes of band music, a Vitaphone short that was used to round out a double feature program in the '30s when going to the movies meant newsreels, cartoon shorts and musical "brevities."


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