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Swing Your Lady (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 8 January 1938 (USA)
Promoter Ed Hatch comes to the Ozarks with his slow-witted wrestler Joe Skopapoulos whom he pits against a hillbilly Amazon blacksmith, Sadie Horn. Joe falls in love with her and won't ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Humphrey Bogart ... Ed
Frank McHugh ... Popeye
Louise Fazenda ... Sadie
Nat Pendleton ... Joe
Penny Singleton ... Cookie
Allen Jenkins ... Shiner
Leon Weaver ... Waldo
Frank Weaver ... Ollie Davis
June Weaver ... Mrs. Davis (as Elviry)
Ronald Reagan ... Jack Miller
Daniel Boone Savage Daniel Boone Savage ... Noah
Hugh O'Connell ... Smith
Tommy Bupp ... Rufe
Sonny Bupp ... Len (as Sunny Bupp)
Joan Howard Joan Howard ... Mattie


Promoter Ed Hatch comes to the Ozarks with his slow-witted wrestler Joe Skopapoulos whom he pits against a hillbilly Amazon blacksmith, Sadie Horn. Joe falls in love with her and won't fight. At least not until Sadie's beau Noah shows up. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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8 January 1938 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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One of the films included in "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time (and how they got that way)" by Harry Medved and Randy Lowell. See more »


Mrs. Davis: My, you oughta see all them clothes she's got. Would you believe it - three pairs of shoes!
First woman: Great day! What's she want with three pairs of shoes?
Second woman: She's only got two feet!
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Featured in Breakdowns of 1938 (1938) See more »


Dig Me a Grave in Missouri
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Performed by The Plunkett City hillbillies, including Leon Weaver, Frank Weaver and June Weaver
Reprised a cappella by Nat Pendleton and Louise Fazenda
Played as background music often
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Bogey at the Warner factory gets caught up in a B-film...
2 January 2009 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Like every actor who's had a career spanning several decades, HUMPHREY BOGART had his share of poor films along with the great ones. This feeble attempt at comedy is typical of the Warner Bros. brand of humor in the '30s and '40s, slammed home without any subtlety or grace.

My main interest in this film was due to seeing the bloopers from "Breakdowns of 1938" featured on THE ADV. OF ROBIN HOOD CD. Let's put it this way--the bloopers were funnier than most of the material in this comedy which manages to be mildly amusing.

HUMPHREY BOGART is saddled with the lead, supported by Warner's favorite contract supporting players--NAT PENDLETON as a dumb wrestler, FRANK McHUGH as his manager and ALLEN JENKINS as the standup comic who makes with all the usual dry wisecracks on the sidelines.

PENNY SINGLETON is Bogart's fast talking, dumb girlfriend who sounds a lot like the "Blondie" character she would play shortly thereafter. LOUISE FAZENDA has a comic role as a lady blacksmith with a rural accent. In a rather amusing scene she wrestles Bogey to the ground and tells him to say, "Hootie Owl." It looks as though the Warner backlot was used with leftovers from their westerns to simulate the small town look. The hillbilly musical numbers are nothing to shout about and much the same comment can be made about the film itself.

Louise Fazenda and Penny Singleton (who gets a chance to sing) seem to be enjoying themselves, but the overall results are decidedly mixed.

No wonder Bogey achieved stardom in a different genre. One of his better lines: "Which one of us is daffy?" You have to be daffy yourself to really enjoy this one.

Trivia note: A very young RONALD REAGAN has a bit part and gets no billing at all on the opening credits. Lucky for him.

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