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Swing High (1932)

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The Flying Codonas, fourth generation of a family of trapeze artists, practice and perform amazing feats high in the air. Close-up and slow motion photography show how it's done.

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The Flying Codonas ...
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Pete Smith ...
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Edward Codona ...
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Lalo Codona ...
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Alfredo Codona ...
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Vera Codona ...
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The Codonas are a family of trapeze artists on their fourth generation in the business. Lalo Codona is the catcher, 'Alfredo Codona' and Vera Codona being those that fly through the air. The Codonas are seen performing and practicing under the watchful eye of their father, Edward Codona, once a trapeze artist himself. Trapeze is a skill that requires strength, agility and good timing. The Codonas possess all three. Alfredo's most crowd pleasing tricks include a double somersault while blindfolded, and a triple somersault, he being the only person alive that now masters the latter. Written by Huggo

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12 November 1932 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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This short film is included as an extra on the 2011 Warner Home Video DVD of Night Flight (1933). See more »

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Individual members of the Codonas family are identified orally by the narrator. See more »

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Follows Flying Spikes (1932) See more »

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Oscar-nominated but annoying.
16 August 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Swing High" is an early film about trapeze artists. It consists of lots of high-quality footage (often from imaginative angles) and is about everything you'd ever want to see and learn about this.

"Swing High" was nominated for the Best Short Subject Oscar, though today it's hard to imagine this. It isn't because of the cinematography or subject of the film--it's the god-awful narration. While the Pete Smith shorts were made for a very long time by MGM, they don't play all that well today because Pete Smith is just annoying. Often, he tries (in vain) to be funny and his routine really detracted from the films. Because of this, I'll only give this one a 4.


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