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Swing Shift Maisie (1943)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 1 October 1943 (USA)
Street-smart Maisie from Brooklyn lands a job at an airplane assembly plant during WWII and falls in love with handsome pilot "Breezy" McLaughlin. Breezy, however, falling in love with and ... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Z. McLeod

Writers:

Mary C. McCall Jr. (original screenplay), Robert Halff (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Sothern ... Maisie Ravier
James Craig ... 'Breezy' McLaughlin
Jean Rogers ... Iris Reed
Connie Gilchrist ... Maw Lustvogel
John Qualen ... Horatio Curley
Kay Medford ... Ann Wilson
Harry Wiere Harry Wiere ... Harry Schmitt
Herbert Wiere Herbert Wiere ... Herbert Schmitt
Sylvester Wiere Sylvester Wiere ... Sylvester Schmitt
Jacqueline White ... Grace
Betty Jaynes ... Ruth
Frederick Brady ... Judd Evans (as Fred Brady)
Marta Linden Marta Linden ... Emmy Lou Grogan
Celia Travers Celia Travers ... Helen Johnson
Donald Curtis ... Joe Peterson
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Storyline

Street-smart Maisie from Brooklyn lands a job at an airplane assembly plant during WWII and falls in love with handsome pilot "Breezy" McLaughlin. Breezy, however, falling in love with and getting engaged to Maisie's conniving roommate Iris, doesn't realize she's using him and it's up to Maisie to convince him. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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GET IN THE SWING WITH...(original three-sheet poster-all caps)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sabotaje romántico See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The airplane Breezy is depicted as flying at the beginning of the film is a Northrup A-17A. 129 of this model were built, but were considered obsolete even before the start of WWII, and were mainly used for training and utility flights. The USAAF retired the last in 1944. See more »

Quotes

Fred - Blind Date: [about Iris] A genuine 4-F would waste his time on 'her,' Phooey!
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Crazy Credits

Closing Credit: "Butch" the dog holds in his mouth a card that says THE END. See more »

Connections

Follows Congo Maisie (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Over the Waves
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Music by Juventino Rosas
Arranged by Edward Ward
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Starts Off Well
27 June 2011 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The first half is almost delightful, thanks to a light touch and some snappy dialog. Then too, Sothern and Craig act out the lines with bounce and sass. And to spice things up, we don't just wonder which girl Breezy (Craig) will end up with, there are even hints that it might be both! (Pretty naughty for the time.)

But then the screenplay turns gradually somber as the troubled Iris (Rogers) takes over and the breezy Breezy drops out of sight. The transition is rather skillfully managed; still, the movie loses its bouncy strong point, becoming almost melodramatic instead. Too bad, but then it seems good comedy scripts are harder to do than good melodrama-- maybe that's why.

One reason I watch these wartime programmers is to catch some flavor of the times. I figured a swing shift at a defense plant might provide insight. Well, the movie does, partially. There's some Rosie the Riveter feminism as expected.

But what I picked up was that each segment of the airplane assembly line was sealed off by guards from the others. Just why wasn't explained, but I surmise it was to make possible espionage more difficult. Also, the little episode with Iris's long locks explains why the iconic Rosie is always pictured with bundled hair. Still, I wish the rather lengthy run-time (87-min.) spent more time with how the women were adjusting to their new roles, which might also have made good comedy.

Anyway, despite the questionable change in tone, it's a decent enough programmer, especially the bouncy first half.


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