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Second Chorus (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 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.

Director:

H.C. Potter

Writers:

Frank Cavett (original story), Elaine Ryan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Danny O'Neill
Paulette Goddard ... Ellen Miller
Artie Shaw ... Self
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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Trivia

Paulette Goddard was in the midst of divorcing Charles Chaplin during filming. When her divorce came through, she later married her co-star Burgess Meredith. 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

Danny O'Neill: It seems to me I smell a mouse.
Ellen Miller: Somewhere around the house.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Hollywood Comedy Legends (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Dig It
Music by Hal Borne
Lyrics Johnny Mercer
Played by the Perennials and sung by Fred Astaire (uncredited)
Danced by Fred Astaire and Paulette Goddard (uncredited)
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second string Astaire
6 January 2004 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Second Chorus has two good scenes; the one where Fred and Paulette take the floor for some good old fashioned dancing at the end of the I'll Dig It number; and the one where Fred conducts the band and taps at the same time.

Plotwise it is wafer-thin. Astaire and Burgess Meredith play rather over-aged students (Fred Astaire a 'young man'??) who play in a band called the Perennials, a college band who start to take all the bookings from more established outfits like Artie Shaw's, thanks to their enterprising manager Goddard. Naturally both are competitive and want both to be in Shaw's band and get off with Goddard.

Yawn. Artie Shaw and his band appear and play great music, although he was no actor - you'd think all those dumb movie star brides would have taught him some tricks of the trade ... Goddard doesn't look the part and her role doesn't seem right for her. Charles Butterworth also appears as a lousy mandolin player who finances a big concert for the band.

Fairly enjoyable despite the shortcomings but no great shakes when up against Fred's best work with Ginger.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 1941 (USA) See more »

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Amor de mi vida See more »

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