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A boogie-woogie piano introduces what purports to be a jitterbug lesson, starring prize winner Arthur Walsh, his partner, and then later various other couples. We start with steps imported ... See full summary »

Director:

Will Jason

Writers:

Joe Ansen (screenplay), Jameson Brewer (screenplay)
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Pete Smith ... Narrator
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A boogie-woogie piano introduces what purports to be a jitterbug lesson, starring prize winner Arthur Walsh, his partner, and then later various other couples. We start with steps imported from other dances, like the waltz, then sped up. Next Walsh and his partner show some basic steps, but the movements are too swift for the narrator to describe them or the viewer to learn how to do them. By the end, various couples (all but a pair of briefly-seen children are white), including some comic ones, give a high-speed demonstration as the music rocks and swings. These are hep cats. Pete Smith's narration is full of slang. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Comedy | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1944 (USA) See more »

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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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Trivia

The film screened at the 2012 Cinecon Film Festival at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California, Jeanne Phelps-Veloz was in attendance and demonstrated some of the swing moves she performs in the film. She confirmed that Charles Saggau and Irene Thomas were also still alive. See more »

Connections

Featured in This Joint Is Jumpin' (2000) See more »

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One O'Clock Jump
Performed by Jimmy Dorsey
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27 January 2007 | by enmurocketSee all my reviews

This "Movie" is only 9 minutes long, so I don't think it technically is a movie. It may have been produced to be seen in a "soundie" but I'm not sure about that. It pretends to be an instructional dance video, but is really just a humorous video using dance instruction as a set up to the joke. You may learn a thing or two, but the movies main purpose is humor. It contains a lot of dancing now called Lindy Hop, then it was the jitterbug. (jitterbug and Lindy are both forms of swing dancing). These clips contain some incredible dancers doing some great moves. A must see for anyone who swing dances or enjoys swing dancing. It is also very funny, so if you like to laugh this would be a good thing to see.


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