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Streamlined Swing (1938)

Passed  |   |  Short, Music  |  10 September 1938 (USA)
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A group of African-American waiters on a railway believe they have made a deal to secure a railroad dining car that they set up on Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles as a diner. To bring in ... See full summary »

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A group of African-American waiters on a railway believe they have made a deal to secure a railroad dining car that they set up on Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles as a diner. To bring in customers, they sing, their voices providing most of the musical accompaniment as well. At the diner, in front of a crowd of swells, the police deliver the bad news. Do prison work songs await their harmonies? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Dinah
(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Sam Lewis and Joe Young
Performed by The Original Sing Band
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A new kind of swing band...
2 January 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Buster Keaton, at a low point in his career, directed this short subject about a new kind of swing band that plays musical instruments without actually playing them. It's a novelty act that never really caught on and it's easy to understand why.

No use discussing the plot. It's merely an excuse to show these "swing singers" doing their thing singing for their supper in a streamlined railroad "Dinah".

The black band is talented enough but the script is worthless, Keaton's direction is uninspired and the whole thing falls apart before "The End" is flashed on the screen.

Forget about it.


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