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Swing Hostess (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 8 September 1944 (USA)
Rags-to-riches-to-rags story features Benny Goodman vocalist Martha Tilton as an unemployed big band singer who takes a job as an operator at a jukebox company. After falling in love with a... See full summary »

Director:

Sam Newfield

Writers:

Louise Rousseau (original story), Gail Davenport (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martha Tilton ... Judy Alvin
Iris Adrian ... Marge O'Day
Charles Collins ... Benny Jackson
Cliff Nazarro ... Bobo
Harry Holman ... Fralick
Emmett Lynn ... Blodgett
Betty Brodel Betty Brodel ... Phoebe
Claire Rochelle Claire Rochelle ... Fralick's Secretary
Paul Porcasi ... Spumoni
Terry Frost ... Hank
Philip Van Zandt ... Merlini - the Magician
Earle Bruce Earle Bruce ... Joe Sweeney
Bob Gooding Bob Gooding ... 1st Butch - Specialty Act
Walter Pietila Walter Pietila ... 2nd Butch - Specialty Act (as Walt Pietila)
Gene Windson Gene Windson ... 3rd Butch - Specialty Act
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Storyline

Rags-to-riches-to-rags story features Benny Goodman vocalist Martha Tilton as an unemployed big band singer who takes a job as an operator at a jukebox company. After falling in love with a bandleader, she gets a chance to get back in the limelight by singing for his group. Written by Alessandro Martini <alemartini@geocities.com>

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Here she is...THE FIRST LADY OF SWING!...and you'll love her! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1944 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in Washington DC Monday 14 August 1947 on WTTG (Channel 5), in New York City Thursday 2 October 1947 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in Los Angeles Saturday 29 January 1949 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »

Soundtracks

Say It With Love
Written by Jay Livingston, Ray Evans and Lewis Bellin
Sung by Martha Tilton
Also sung by Betty Brodel
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Threadbare effort fails to swing
31 December 2006 | by GreensleevesSee all my reviews

This opus glaringly displays the lack of talent that 'poverty row' studios had to contend with compared to the major players. You won't find much here in the way of decent Set design, make-up, clever editing or good photography. Martha Tilton has a nice voice but doesn't project any personality, although this may be the fault of the poor direction. The only performance really worth watching is that of the gorgeous Iris Adrian and even she is just a little too strident in the role. Earle Bruce brings some macho charisma to his role but incredibly this appears to be the only film he ever made. Although it's not a total write-off it certainly makes you realise that a major studio could have brought so many incidental extras to the filming that they could turn even the flimsiest material into something worth watching.


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