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Swing Social (1940)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 18 May 1940 (USA)
A preacher advises a brother from the congregation that he will not be catching any black bass on the Sabbath, as the fish are having their own "swing social."


Joseph Barbera (uncredited), William Hanna (uncredited) | 1 more credit »


Uncredited cast:
Billy Mitchell Billy Mitchell ... Deacon / Male Black Bass (voice) (uncredited)




Another one of those cartoons that gets the political-incorrect, history revisionists all knotted up. The Deacon is on his way to church in the Deep South and sees a brother from the congregation setting out to do some Sunday fishing. The preacher advises the fisherman that he will not be catching any fish on the Sabbath, as the fish are having their own underwater camp-meeting. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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[first lines]
Chorus: [singing] Swing low, sweet chariot, / Comin' for to carry me home. / Swing low, sweet chariot, / Comin' for to carry me home.
Deacon: Er, uh, good mornin', Brother Brown.
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Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
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Swing Social is entertaining if a little politically incorrect
7 June 2007 | by tavmSee all my reviews

In this politically incorrect cartoon from 1940, a black preacher on Sunday has caught a black fisherman not going to church. He then tells of why black fish don't bite on the sabbath as we are treated to a musical sequence of Negro fish singing about the devil and what he represents and how to defeat him. I suppose one should be relieved that the human black characters are only seen from the neck down though there's still some of the mangled English dialect to deal with. The music is for the most part entertaining and mostly avoids stereotyping (brief fried chicken sequence notwithstanding). Certainly worth seeing for anyone who loves swing music and loves all '30s and '40s animation styles. Directed by Rudolf Ising who previously created Bosko with Hugh Harmon.

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18 May 1940 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


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1.37 : 1
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