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Symphony of Swing (1939)

Approved | | Short, Music | 30 December 1939 (USA)
Artie Shaw and his orchestra perform popular songs with guest stars.

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Joseph Henabery
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Artie Shaw ... Himself
Artie Shaw and His Orchestra ... Themselves
Helen Forrest ... Herself - Singer
Tony Pastor ... Himself - Singer / Saxophonist
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Storyline

Artie Shaw and his big band do four numbers, a lyric "Alone Together," "Jeepers Creepers" with vocals by Tony Pastor, "Deep Purple" sung by Helen Forrest, and a swinging "Lady Be Good." Shaw leads the band and gets in a few licks on his clarinet. The cinematography and editing include arty angled shots of the band and, for "Lady Be Good," double exposure of the band superimposed on a dance floor of young people. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Artie Shaw and His Orchestra in Symphony of Swing See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone Reel B235. See more »

Soundtracks

Alone Together
(uncredited)
Music by Cole Porter
Performed by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra with Artie Shaw on clarinet
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Worth seeing for the swing version of "Lady Be Good"
28 August 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is one of the later Vitaphone shorts--known as a "Melody Master". These later musical shorts generally were more straight forward and had simpler sets and no real story to tie it all together--just a famous band of the day doing their stuff.

In this film, we have Artie Shaw and his band playing a swing songs. The best of these, by far, was the band's great rendition of "Lady Be Good". While I've heard this song quite a few times, Shaw and his band really did a great job by speeding up the song and giving a nice swing rhythm to the piece. You can't help but want to move when you hear it--and the music would be excellent for jitterbugging...though I think there are only about 15 people alive today who can jitterbug! I know I can't, as it takes the athleticism of a track star to do it well! And, although the young adults do pretty good, in the late 30s and early 40s, there were some dancers who would have truly amazed you with their huge leaps and tosses.

By the way, this has nothing directly to do with the film, but when I watched Artie Shaw, I just couldn't understand his allure to women. He was married eight times (wow)--including marriages to Ava Gardner and Lana Turner.


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