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Second Chorus (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance, Musical | 3 January 1941 (USA)
When perennial college students Danny O'Neill and Hank Taylor are forced to make it on their own, the competitive pair get jobs with Artie Shaw's band and reunite with ex-manager Ellen Miller.

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H.C. Potter

Writers:

Frank Cavett (original story), Elaine Ryan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Danny O'Neill
Paulette Goddard ... Ellen Miller
Artie Shaw ... Artie Shaw
Charles Butterworth ... Mr. Chisholm
Burgess Meredith ... Hank Taylor
Frank Melton ... Stu
Jimmy Conlin ... Mr. Dunn (as Jimmy Conlon)
Don Brodie Don Brodie ... Clerk
Marjorie Kane ... Secretary
Joan Barclay ... Receptionist
Willa Pearl Curtis Willa Pearl Curtis ... Scrubwoman
Artie Shaw and His Orchestra ... Artie Shaw's Orchestra (as Artie Shaw And His Band)
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Storyline

Danny and Hank are surprised when Artie Shaw hires competent manager Ellen away from their college band. The two trumpet players scheme to get into Shaw's outfit themselves, each trying to trump the other's plays. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor de mi vida See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although released by Paramount, this was actually produced independently by Boris Morros. It was re-released by Astor Pictures in 1947, which is how it almost immediately came to be such a staple among early feature film telecasts, long before the major studios released their inventories to the competition. See more »

Goofs

At c.3 minutes Danny's chair suddenly jumps to immediately (and intimately) next to Ellen's left side at the table.. See more »

Quotes

Ellen Miller: [in a fake Russian accent] Vas good?
Danny O'Neill: Vas per-fect.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: A UNIVERSITY IN NEW ENGLAND See more »


Soundtracks

Sweet Sue Just You
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Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Will J. Harris
Played by the Perennials
Fred Astaire (dubbed by Bobby Hackett) and Burgess Meredith (dubbed by Billy Butterfield) on trumpet
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Astaire and Goddard Dance Together
13 November 1999 | by guil12See all my reviews

In this 1941 Paramount film Fred Astaire has a new dancing partner in Paulette Goddard. They actually dance a number together. The ads read, "Fred's Best Yet! 'Cause He's Got Paulette!" Mostly Astaire dances solo in this story about two musicians, Astaire and Burgess Meredith, who try vainly to get jobs in Artie Shaw's band. With the help of Paulette, they get hired. This is a trendy "swing" musical with Shaw's band and Astaire's dancing taking the spotlight.

The Astaire-Goddard production number was called, "I Ain't Hep to That Step but I'll Dig It." Astaire had to teach Goddard to dance. He worked "like a dog" from the beginning saying, "She's a lovely girl, with a breathtaking figure, who couldn't dance and somehow resisted every attempt to break down her handicap."

They filmed it just once. Just one take. Goddard said she could never go through it again. Unusual, also, for Astaire to do only one take to any number he was in. He was always a task master at perfecting his dances. The number, viewed today, is not only totally professional; it's good.

Interesting note that Goddard's other male lead was Burgess Meredith, whom she went on to marry years later as she was still married at the time to Charlie Chaplin.


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