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Sweet and Low-Down (1944)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 15 January 1945 (Sweden)
After their annual free concert at Chicago's Dearborn Settlement, Benny Goodman and his band are packing up to move on to their next engagement at a military camp, when a kid, Tony Birch, ... See full summary »

Director:

Archie Mayo

Writers:

Richard English (screen play), Richard English (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Benny Goodman ... Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman and His Orchestra ... Benny Goodman and His Orchestra (as Benny Goodman and His Band)
Linda Darnell ... Trudy Wilson
Jack Oakie ... Popsy
Lynn Bari ... Pat Stirling
James Cardwell ... Johnny Birch
Allyn Joslyn ... Lester Barnes
John Campbell John Campbell ... Dixie Zang
Roy Benson Roy Benson ... Skeets McCormick
Dickie Moore ... Military Cadet General 'Mogie' Cramichael
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Storyline

After their annual free concert at Chicago's Dearborn Settlement, Benny Goodman and his band are packing up to move on to their next engagement at a military camp, when a kid, Tony Birch, steals Goodman's clarinet. Goodman and Popsie pursue him to a tenement flat where he has led them to hear his brother, Johnny Birch, play the trombone. Goodman offers him a job, over Popsie's protest, with the band. Aboard the train, Johnny accidentally enters the compartment of the band's singer, Pat Sterling, and gets his face slapped. At the military camp, which turns out to be a boy's military academy (which accounts for juvenile players such as Dickie Moore and Harry McKin running around with such titles as General and Major), Goodman finds a real audience in the jive-mad, jitterbug kids. Masquerading as a sweet, 16-year-old girl friend of one of the cadets who is, in reality, her nephew, Trudy Wilson meets her old friend Goodman who introduces her to Johnny, whose music she admired. However, ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1945 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Benny kommer till stan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The same title would be used by Woody Allen for one of his films. See more »

Soundtracks

Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K.581
(1789) (uncredited)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranged by Benny Goodman
Performed by Benny Goodman and an unidentified quartet
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Good music by a Master.
14 February 2000 | by Bijou-5See all my reviews

Benny Goodman's music is what makes this film. Bad plot, but it somehow must have impressed Woody Allen to have him rework it into a 1999 film. The trombone playing was dubbed by Bill Harris, then playing in Benny Goodman's band. Harris is considered one of the outstanding jazz and swing trombone players of all time. Too bad he wasn't on screen in a talking part, but he is seen in the action shots of the band playing. He would have bested Benny Goodman in acting.


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