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Second Chorus (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance, Musical | 3 January 1941 (USA)
When perennial college students Danny O'Neill and Hank Taylor are forced to make it on their own, the competitive pair get jobs with Artie Shaw's band and reunite with ex-manager Ellen Miller.

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H.C. Potter

Writers:

Frank Cavett (original story), Elaine Ryan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Danny O'Neill
Paulette Goddard ... Ellen Miller
Artie Shaw ... Artie Shaw
Charles Butterworth ... Mr. Chisholm
Burgess Meredith ... Hank Taylor
Frank Melton ... Stu
Jimmy Conlin ... Mr. Dunn (as Jimmy Conlon)
Don Brodie Don Brodie ... Clerk
Marjorie Kane Marjorie Kane ... Secretary
Joan Barclay ... Receptionist
Willa Pearl Curtis Willa Pearl Curtis ... Scrubwoman
Artie Shaw and His Orchestra ... Artie Shaw's Orchestra (as Artie Shaw And His Band)
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Storyline

Danny and Hank are surprised when Artie Shaw hires competent manager Ellen away from their college band. The two trumpet players scheme to get into Shaw's outfit themselves, each trying to trump the other's plays. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor de mi vida See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first telecasts of this film occurred in New York City Thursday 25 December 1947 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Washington DC Wednesday 31 December 1947 on WTTG (Channel 5), in Los Angeles Sunday 4 January 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Boston Saturday 21 August 1948 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Baltimore Monday 1 November 1948 on freshly launched WAAM (Channel 13), in Atlanta Tuesday 23 November 1948 on WSB (Channel 8), in Detroit Wednesday 1 December 1948 on WWJ (Channel 4), in St. Louis Friday 31 December 1948 on KSD (Channel 5), and in Cincinnati Wednesday 7 September 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11). See more »

Goofs

At c.3 minutes Danny's chair suddenly jumps to immediately (and intimately) next to Ellen's left side at the table.. See more »

Quotes

Hank Taylor: I'll buy you a cigar.
J. Lester Chisholm: I don't like cigars.
Hank Taylor: Don't you worry about it! I'll smoke it myself.
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Concerto for Clarinet
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Music by Artie Shaw
Played by Artie Shaw and his band with Shaw on clarinet
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True, It's Far From Fred's Best, But I've Seen Worse
21 July 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

A generally-entertaining story that was fun to watch, except for a number of parts in the final 30 minutes which annoyed me. It was, well, the normal lying and deceiving that was played out in so many films of this era, and is so many of Fred Astaire's movies.

Speaking of Astaire, I watch his films to see him dance. That's what he does best, so it was disappointing not to see much of that in "Second Chorus."

Although I thought Charles Butterworth's character was stupid, I really enjoyed seeing a young Burgess Meredith and it's always a treat to see Paulette Goddard, one of the real beauties of the 1940s. Overall, this was a good- hearted story and when Astaire danced, he was fantastic, as always.

The songs are in here are good and band-leader Artie Shaw even showed he could act, too. I liked this despite poor tape quality. I see that this is out on DVD so I might consider purchasing this, even though Astaire himself has been quoted as saying "Second Chorus" was his "worst movie." Ouch!


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