School for Swing (1937)

Russ Brown auditions several 'swing' dancers for Varsha Backoff only to find out later that he is a school swing salesman.


Milton Schwarzwald


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Cast overview:
Sylvia Froos ... Herself / Singer
Russ Brown Russ Brown ... Himself / School Owner
Bert Gordon Bert Gordon ... Varsha Backoff
Wally Stapleton Wally Stapleton ... Himself / Dancer
Ver'dyn Stapleton Ver'dyn Stapleton ... Herself / Dancer


Russ Brown auditions several 'swing' dancers for Varsha Backoff only to find out later that he is a school swing salesman.

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Short | Comedy | Music







Release Date:

20 January 1937 (USA) See more »

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Mentone Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


For Sentimental Reasons
Written by Abner Silver, Al Sherman and Edward Heyman
Performed by Sylvia Froos
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Cue the Mad Russian
6 May 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Mentone produced about eighty musical shorts for Universal Pictures in the mid and late 1930s, usually directed by Milton Schwartzwald -- he later worked directly for Universal, in its musical department. Most of them were basically variety shorts with a twist and enough of a plot to distinguish them from other producer's musical shorts. Others might produce revues with a theme; Mentone offered a bit of a story.

In this one, the story is that this is a school that instructs its pupils in the principles of swing music, and has grabbed Bert Gordon, playing his "Mad Russian" routine (which I remember him doing thirty years later in an episode of the "Dick Van Dyke Show"), who is a European producer interested in swing. This is an excuse for Sylvia Froos to sing a couple of songs and some very nice tap acts. It's a lot of fun.

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