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Swing Banditry (1936)

A swing band takes extraordinary measures to appear on a radio program.


Reginald Le Borg


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Complete credited cast:
George Stoll George Stoll ... Orchestra Leader (as Georgie Stoll)
Georgie Stoll and His Orchestra Georgie Stoll and His Orchestra ... The Orchestra


In this fictional-story short (which takes Self listings out of the equation), George Stoll (as Georgie Stoll) and his hot-swing band, and the band's singer, Virginia Dale, are in the Globe Broadcasting Co. building hoping to get an audition. Recognizing the president of the radio company, Royal C. Cummings (Maurice Cass), as he enters the elevator, Stoll and band members, with their instruments, enter it with him. They toss out the operator and proceed to audition for the outraged Cummings, while making many up-and-down trips on the elevator. Once off the elevator he summons the police who promptly arrive and mistakenly arrest the studio orchestra. Georgie Stoll (as he was most frequently billed) and his band get the gig as their replacement, and a contract. The singing of Virginia Dale (nee Virginia Paxton) didn't hurt their chances any at all. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Short | Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

9 September 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

MGM Tabloid Musical: Swing Banditry See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


My Blue Heaven
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by George Whiting
Performed by Georgie Stoll and His Orchestra with Virginia Dale singing
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Nice MGM Musical Short
12 March 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Swing Banditry (1936)

*** (out of 4)

MGM short once again shows up a nice musician who is pretty much all but forgotten today. Georgie Stoll and His Orchestra show up at a radio show wanting an audition and pretty much take the host hostage so that they can play for him. By complete accident they end up on the radio show after another band is arrested and thrown in jail. "My Blue Heaven" and Louis Prima's "Sing, Sing, Sing" are the songs here and the band really nails both of them. THe Prima song is a terrific version as I'm sure most people have either heard the original or at least some sort of version of it. The song here really contains some great energy and its transformation to this type of swing was very well done. Stoll ended up staying at MGM for many years doing various jobs but I thought he did pretty good here in front of the camera. He has a laid back charm that really worked well and there's also some nice comic touches thrown in. Best of all is of course the music and that's the main reason to check this out.

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