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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 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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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First full length feature film of John Hodiak. 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

Followed by Undercover Maisie (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

There's a Girl Behind the Boy Behind the Gun
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Music by Lennie Hayton
Lyrics by Mary C. McCall Jr.
Sung by Ann Sothern and chorus
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Maisie & Breezy & Iris & Judd
10 May 2017 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Once again Maisie is out of a job. This time due to a test pilot named Breezy (James Craig, the poor man's Clark Gable). Of course, because she has crappy taste in men, Maisie falls for him. He gets her a job at a defense plant and a room at a boardinghouse, where she befriends a conniving woman named Iris (radiant Jean Rogers). Soon Iris is working at the plant as well and steals Breezy from Maisie. It gets even messier from there but you get the general idea.

This is a strange entry in the Maisie series, mainly due to the weird combination of the wartime elements and the love triangle with the traitorous friend. But still it's entertaining. Ann Sothern is as adorable and sympathetic as ever. Jean Rogers is positively gorgeous. The camera is in love with her. In every shot she seems to glow. Too bad her character is such a bitch. Some of the highlights in this one include Maisie swishing her way through the factory and turning heads, Iris being thrown around by Maisie's acrobat friends and getting her hair caught in machinery, and pretty much every scene involving a character named Judd ("Hello, curvaceous"). It's an enjoyable enough movie, even if it meanders a bit and the ending stinks.


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