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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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Crane Wilbur

Writer:

Crane Wilbur (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fritz Feld ... Mr. Nitvitch
Kathryn Kane ... Joan Mason (as Katherine Kane)
John Carroll ... Rick Arden
Charley Foy ... Sammy
Jerry Colonna ... The Texas Tornado
Helen Lynd ... Lorna, an Actress
Irene Franklin ... Kate, Head Waitress
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Musical | Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone Production Reels #8960-8961. See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

References Boy Meets Girl (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Look Out for Love
(uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Performed by John Carroll
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The Texas Tomato
5 March 2010 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

Musical comedy film short about a scatter-brained Hollywood director named Mr. Nitvitch (Fritz Feld) trying to make a film called "The Texas Tornado". But he can't pronounce "tornado", and it comes out the Texas "tomato". The dialogue milks this for all it's worth. The film's overall tone is lighthearted, with a touch of romance.

Acting trends melodramatic, probably deliberately so. A highlight is the sequence at the "Superb Studio Cafe", where waitresses burst into song and dance, and then-current real-life actors make cameo appearances, with snippets about their careers, meant to be promos. Actors include: George Brent, Marie Wilson, Pat O'Brian, Humphrey Bogart, and John Garfield.

A couple of melodic songs helps a lot: "Drifting On The Rio Grande" and "The Toast Of The Texas Frontier".

Kinda silly and corny, the film nevertheless presents viewers with a time capsule of how movie making was viewed in the 1930s.


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