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Spreadin' the Jam (1945)

Approved | | Short, Musical | 27 October 1945 (USA)
A young woman who is unable to pay her rent gets some unexpected help from her fellow tenants who organize a rent party complete with rousing swing music and lots of dancing.

Director:

Charles Walters

Writers:

Sid Kuller (original story), Sid Kuller (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jan Clayton ... Sally
Ben Lessy ... Rent Party Organizer
Helen Boyce Helen Boyce ... Landlady (as Helen Boise)
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Storyline

A young woman who is unable to pay her rent gets some unexpected help when the other tenants throw a last-minute rent party in her apartment. In the process, they all charm the landlady out of a year's rent. The entire story is told in song (swing music) and dance (Jitterbug, Lindy Hop etc.). Written by John G. Sisak Jr. <bpfan1@mindspring.com>

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swing music | jazz | See All (2) »

Genres:

Short | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1945 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

Spreadin' the Jam
Written by Ralph Blane, Charles Walters and Earl K. Brent (as Earl Brent)
Performed by Ben Lessy, Jan Clayton and ensemble
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Les Brown And His Band Of Renown
7 September 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Jan Clayton is short of money for rent, so neighbor Ben Lessy organizes a rent party in this musical short directed by Charles Walter as he made the transition from choreographer to director.

It's a lively short with good music by Les Brown and orchestra, with a bunch of White people singing and doing recitative in live talk. Cinematographer Jackson Rose handles the camera with a lot of movement that convinces me it was shot with a crab dolly.

Miss Clayton was one of the many pretty young ladies who sang who made a stab at Hollywood, and was successful, although she never made it to stardom: 11 movies, a few shorts, and finally a long run on the TV show LASSIE, in which she appeared on well over a hundred episodes.


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