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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.

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Helen Boyce ... Landlady (as Helen Boise)
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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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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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Ben Lessy is really good here...
19 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

When the story begins, a lady cannot afford to pay her rent, so her friends organize a 'rent party' and try to drum up money for the landlord. It's the sort of thing that is reminiscent of films like "Babes in Arms"...where someone has a barn and they let the kids borrow it so they can put on a very professional Broadway style review....complete with music that appears from out of no where as well as many talented singers and dancers!

So is it any good? Well, the quality of the singing and dancing is good...which isn't surprising consider it's made by MGM. The lyrics are also pretty catchy....with plenty of jive lingo from the era. Also, the bald little leading man is pretty good...too bad Ben Lessy didn't make a lot more films. An interesting curio from long ago that folks might enjoy if they like swing music.


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