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Streamlined Swing (1938)

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 stable hands is given a race horse when its owner retires from the business. (The group is played by the "Original Sing Band," which uses their mouths to sound like musical ... See full summary »

Director: Buster Keaton
Stars: The Original Sing Band, Charles Ruggles, Mickey Rooney
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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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10 September 1938 (USA)  »

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Swing as You Work
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Written by Leon René
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Buster the Director
27 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Streamlined Swing (1938)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Buster Keaton directed this MGM short showcasing the original Sing Band. Keaton's direction is a tad bit dated and lazy as he doesn't really do much when filming the musical numbers, which just happen to be the best thing about the film. The story written around the musical numbers is also rather lazy and routine.

It's a shame MGM let Buster's acting career go down the drain but I guess we can be happy that he was working at all.

Turner Classic Movies shows this every once in a while.


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