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Swing It Soldier (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, War | 7 November 1941 (USA)
A DJ on radio station, who's husband is in the Army, gives her job to her twin sister, without letting anybody know about this.


Harold Young


Dorcas Cochran (story), Arthur V. Jones (story) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Murray ... Jerry Traynor
Frances Langford ... Patricia Loring / Evelyn Loring Waters
Don Wilson ... Brad Saunders
Blanche Stewart Blanche Stewart ... Brenda
Elvia Allman ... Cobina
Hanley Stafford Hanley Stafford ... J. Horace Maxwellton
Susan Miller ... Clementine, Singer
Irving Lee Irving Lee ... Senor Lee - Dialect Performer (as Senor Lee)
Iris Adrian ... Dena Maxwellton
Lewis Howard ... Bill Waters, Evelyn's Husband
Thurston Hall ... Oscar Simms, Wheezies Sponsor
Kitty O'Neil Kitty O'Neil ... Mrs. Simms
Lew Valentine Lew Valentine ... Dr. Browning
Peter Sullivan Peter Sullivan ... Elevator Boy
Tom Dugan ... Sergeant


Jerry Traynor, an Army conscriptee (peace-time draftee), is released from the service, and returns to his job as a radio executive, after promising his army-buddy, Bill Walters, to look out after his wife, Evelyn, who, although expecting a baby, is also pursuing a singing career in radio. He mistakes Evelyn's twin sister, Patricia, for the wife whose welfare he is to guard and, in attempting to do so, cause more complications than can be handled in only sixty-six minutes of running time, with time-out for ten musical numbers. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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SWINGING, SINGING SCREEN SENSATION! (original print media ad - all caps)


Comedy | Musical | War


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Release Date:

7 November 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Radio Revels of 1942 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jivin', Rug-Cuttin' Romeo
Sung by Susan Miller
Played by the Skinnay Ennis Orchestra
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Another Triumph for Frances Langford!
6 November 2008 | by chank46See all my reviews

Here we have another gem of a wartime musical comedy! Stars Frances Langford and Ken Murray keep the zaniness going in a case of mistaken identity. Frances plays twins, Evelyn and Pat Loring. Both are radio singers. Evelyn is billed as the "Lovely Lady of Song" and is very successful. However she is expecting a visit from the stork and has to leave her program. Not wanting her boss to know and lose her job, she gets her twin sister Pat to fill in for her. Meawhile her army husband can't come home for the delivery but gets his pal Jerry (Ken Murray)to look out for her as he is being released from the army. Jerry goes to meet Evelyn but instead meets Pat and is shocked that she is going out dancing, horseback riding and romancing a guy from the radio station. Frances Langford lights up the screen with her wonderful smile and treating us to tremendous renditions of 'Melancholy Baby', 'Got Love' and 'I'm Gonna Swing my Way up to Heaven' Ken Murray proves a wonderful scapegoat for all of this misunderstanding. Don Wilson, Jack Benny's announcer is a real presence in a rare romantic role. The rest of the supporting cast featuring Iris Adrian, Hanley Stafford, Thurston Hall, Susan Miller,Skinnay Ennis and Elvia Allman are superb! The direction and pacing of this movie is first rate. Not a dull or wasted minute. But when all is said and done, it's Frances Langford that stands out from all the rest with her combination of beauty, charm, vocal technique that make this movie work so well. Her timing and interaction with the other members of the cast is tremendous. I can never figure out why she was never considered to be a good actress. Her comedy is hilarious and she can deliver a serious line with the best of them. By all means see this movie!...If you can...It is a rarity and needs to be released on commercial DVD...asap!

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