A boogie-woogie piano introduces what purports to be a jitterbug lesson, starring prize winner Arthur Walsh, his partner, and then later various other couples. We start with steps imported ... See full summary »

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A boogie-woogie piano introduces what purports to be a jitterbug lesson, starring prize winner Arthur Walsh, his partner, and then later various other couples. We start with steps imported from other dances, like the waltz, then sped up. Next Walsh and his partner show some basic steps, but the movements are too swift for the narrator to describe them or the viewer to learn how to do them. By the end, various couples (all but a pair of briefly-seen children are white), including some comic ones, give a high-speed demonstration as the music rocks and swings. These are hep cats. Pete Smith's narration is full of slang. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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19 February 1944 (USA)  »

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The film screened at the 2012 Cinecon Film Festival at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California, Jeanne Phelps-Veloz was in attendance and demonstrated some of the swing moves she performs in the film. She confirmed that Charles Saggau and Irene Thomas were also still alive. See more »

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Featured in This Joint Is Jumpin' (2001) See more »

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One O'Clock Jump
Performed by Jimmy Dorsey
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Jitterbug 101
4 April 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Groovie Movie (1944)

*** (out of 4)

Fun Pete Smith short is part documentary and part what you'd expect from Smith. The short talks about the craze going through American known as jitterbug. We see a couple showing off how the dance works at a slow pace and then we see them really going at it. Smith, the narrator, gives a few funny jokes before letting the people go to work showing off the dance. I can't recall seeing a short talking about the jitterbug so on that level this here is pretty neat. The movie does a very good job at showing off the dance and it's also pretty good technically as we get some great camera angles to show off the action including a few sequences filmed on a glass floor so we can look up. Smith's jokes could have probably been left off but fans of music will certainly want to check this out.


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