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Swing High, Swing Low (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 12 March 1937 (USA)
In Panama, Maggie King meets soldier Skid Johnson on his last day in the army and reluctantly agrees to a date to celebrate. The two become involved in a nightclub brawl which causes Maggie... See full summary »

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In Panama, Maggie King meets soldier Skid Johnson on his last day in the army and reluctantly agrees to a date to celebrate. The two become involved in a nightclub brawl which causes Maggie to miss her ship back to the States. Now stranded, she's forced to move in with Skid and his pal Harry. She soon falls in love with Skid. Skid gets a job playing the trumpet at a local club and becomes a big success. Fame and fortune go to his head which eventually destroys his relationship Maggie and his career. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Apparently, the copyright on this film was not renewed and it thereby fell into public domain status, as a result of which, inferior copies proliferate both the VHS and DVD markets, offered by dealers who do not have access to the original negative or archival prints. See more »

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Cloakroom Attendant: Check your coat?
Harry: Yes please.
[takes off overcoat, revealing a second one underneath]
Cloakroom Attendant: [to her assistant] Oh, there's one for you too!
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I Hear a Call to Arms
(1937) (uncredited)
Written by Sam Coslow and Al Siegel
Performed by Carole Lombard with Fred MacMurray (trumpet) and Charles Butterworth (piano)
Reprised by Dorothy Lamour at the El Greco nightclub
Reprised again by Lombard and MacMurray at the end
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one of five F MacMurray and C Lombard projects.
14 October 2008 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

... so what's in those missing 10 minutes that were so horrible they had to cut them out from the original film? We were three years into the film production code... Barbara Stanwyck had starred in the original play, but here, Carole Lombard plays Maggie King. Co star Fred MacMurray is probably best known for "Double Indemnity", with Stanwyck, as well as his hit TV show "My Three Sons". Keep an eye out for a young Dorothy Lamour (Bob Hope movies) and the too-fabulous Franklin Pangborn, who spiced up just about every film put on tape. Of course, he works in the beauty salon on the ship! Add the sublime Charles Butterworth and Anthony Quinn. Good timing and clever banter at the beginning. Maggie's buddy Ella is played by Jean Dixon, who was the best friend in "Holiday" and "My Man Godfrey". In "Swing High", Maggie the tourist meets a soldier who is leaving the army. Maggie misses her boat when it leaves port and gets tangled up with the soldier. The dashing 20-something Quinn has a small scene at the local bar in Panama where Johnson (MacMurray) has been playing the trumpet. Maggie, Harry (Butterworth), and Skid band together and try to figure out how to get back to the States. Some good singing by Lamour. Good (but brief) acting performance by Cecil Cunningham as "Murph", the wise, helpful owner of the local saloon in Panama. While others have lamented at how bad it is, it wasn't so awful, and is even a little exotic, with the fake Central America locale setting for the first half of the film.


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