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Swingtime in the Movies (1938)

In this musical short, a director named Nitvitch, unhappy with the lead actress in his Western, makes an unexpected discovery in the studio cafe where some big stars are being served by a bevy of beautiful singing, dancing waitresses.

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Trouble is brewing on the set of the musical western, "The Texas Tornado". Nitvitch, the director, is having problems getting his leading lady to speak with a southern accent. When he inadvertently mentions in the Studio Canteen that he is looking for a replacement actress who can do a southern accent for the part, Nitvitch gets throes of aspiring young actresses clamoring at him. However, the one who catches his attention is Joan Mason, a true southerner who is working as a waitress in the canteen. Joan hopes to make the most of her starring opportunity. Written by Huggo

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24 December 1938 (USA)  »

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Technicolor Specials (1938-1939) #3: Swingtime in the Movies  »

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1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone Production Reels #8960-8961. See more »

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All the stars with cameos, beginning with Humphrey Bogart, are identified by the head waitress at the studio cafeteria (played by Irene Franklin). See more »

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References Four Daughters (1938) See more »

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Drifting on the Rio Grande
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Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Performed by John Carroll
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Warner Bros. short pokes fun at director Michael Curtiz...
4 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

A Warner Bros. treat, filmed in bright Technicolor, SWINGTIME IN THE MOVIES is a breezy short subject the studio obviously used to demonstrate its skillful handling of color photography in the year that produced THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD ('38).

FRITZ FELD is the irate director with a language problem--and obviously doing a take-off of Warner's director Michael Curtiz who used to fracture the English language ("Bring on the Empty Horses").

JOHN CARROLL gets a chance to demonstrate his rich baritone voice with some forgettable song numbers and KATHRYN KANE is the waitress who is discovered in the studio commissary when director Feld wants to find a girl with a Southern accent for his latest western.

A few Warner stars are seen in the commissary having lunch: HUMPHREY BOGART, PAT O'BRIEN and JOHN GARFIELD--in what may well be their debut in Technicolor.

Lots of fun.


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