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Swingtime in the Movies (1938)

In this musical short, a director named Nitvitch, unhappy with the lead actress in his Western, makes an unexpected discovery in the studio cafe where some big stars are being served by a bevy of beautiful singing, dancing waitresses.

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Crane Wilbur

Writer:

Crane Wilbur (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fritz Feld ... Mr. Nitvitch
Kathryn Kane ... Joan Mason (as Katherine Kane)
John Carroll ... Rick Arden
Charley Foy ... Sammy
Jerry Colonna ... The Texas Tornado
Helen Lynd ... Lorna, an Actress
Irene Franklin ... Kate, Head Waitress
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Storyline

Trouble is brewing on the set of the musical western, "The Texas Tornado". Nitvitch, the director, is having problems getting his leading lady to speak with a southern accent. When he inadvertently mentions in the Studio Canteen that he is looking for a replacement actress who can do a southern accent for the part, Nitvitch gets throes of aspiring young actresses clamoring at him. However, the one who catches his attention is Joan Mason, a true southerner who is working as a waitress in the canteen. Joan hopes to make the most of her starring opportunity. Written by Huggo

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two reeler | See All (1) »

Genres:

Musical | Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Technicolor Specials (1938-1939) #3: Swingtime in the Movies See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The scene in which John Carroll sings a love song to Kathryn Kane as they row in a canoe is a satirical reference to the then recent M-G-M Jeanettte MacDonald /Nelson Eddy hit Rose Marie. See more »

Crazy Credits

All the stars with cameos, beginning with Humphrey Bogart, are identified by the head waitress at the studio cafeteria (played by Irene Franklin). See more »

Connections

Featured in Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Look Out for Love
(uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Performed by John Carroll
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Great Cast, Nice Music
4 December 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Swingtime in the Movies (1938)

*** (out of 4)

A "behind the scenes" short from Warner has a musical director (Fritz Feld) being disappointed in his leading lady who can't quite get her Southern accent down. He eventually finds a lady (Kathryn Kane) working in the cafeteria who is from Texas and is just right for the part. The "story" side of this film is mildly entertaining but the real reason to watch is for an early sequence inside the Warner cafeteria where some of their biggest stars are show. We get to see Pat O'Brien, George Brent, John Garfield, Prescilla and Rosemary Lane and a funny sequence with Humphrey Bogart keeping the "Dead End Kids" in line. It's worth noting that this short was also Garfield's only Technicolor film so that's reason enough alone to check it out. These stars are the main reason to see this film but there are plenty of other good moments and that includes the music numbers. The big production inside the cafeteria is certainly the best one but all of them are worth listening to. Kane herself makes for a nice leading lady and really delivers a fun performance making her character quite likable and memorable.


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