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Swing Fever (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 1 November 1943 (USA)
Lowell Blackford (Kay Kyser) is blessed with a gift of music,but also cursed with a hereditary "evil eye" which hypnotizes people,and he is virtually a recluse. He goes in search of a ... See full summary »

Director:

Tim Whelan

Writers:

Matt Brooks (story), Joseph Hoffman (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Kyser ... Lowell Blackford
Marilyn Maxwell ... Ginger Gray
William Gargan ... 'Waltzy' Malone
Nat Pendleton ... 'Killer' Kennedy
Lena Horne ... Lena Horne
Curt Bois ... Nick Sirocco
Morris Ankrum ... Dan Conlon
Andrew Tombes ... Dr. Clyde L. Star
Maxie Rosenbloom ... 'Rags'
Clyde Fillmore Clyde Fillmore ... Mr. Nagen
Pamela Blake ... Lois
Lou Nova Lou Nova ... Kid Mandell
Jack Roper Jack Roper ... 'Sledgehammer'
Harry Babbitt ... Vocalist with Kay Kyser's Orchestra
Sully Mason ... Sully
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Lowell Blackford (Kay Kyser) is blessed with a gift of music,but also cursed with a hereditary "evil eye" which hypnotizes people,and he is virtually a recluse. He goes in search of a Broadway publisher for a symphonietta he has written, and ends up crashing an audition at the Swing Publishing Company, where he meets torch singer Ginger Gray (Marilyn Maxwell) and her fiance and promoter, Waltzy Malone (William Gargan). Ginger accidently walks off with his music and he follows her to a gym where Waltzy's fighter, "Killer" Kennedy (Nat Pendleton), has just been kayoed by his sparring partner. Waltzy learns of Lowell's hypnotic power and believes that Kennedy can win the championship if Lowell uses his power against the champ. He arranges for Lowell to lead the band at the club where Ginger sings. The latter objects to the role she is to play in getting Lowell to use his "evil eye" but Waltzy persuades her to go along by telling Lowell that Kennedy is her brother and it means everything ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

Dance! Sing! It's So JOYOUS!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1943 (USA) See more »

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Right About Face See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The girl dancer in this film, Jean Veloz, appeared on Steve Harvey's TV program, "Little Big Shots- Forever Young" (2016) on June 28, 2017. She performed the number she did in the film with two partners. See more »

Soundtracks

You're So Indifferent
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish
Sung by Lena Horne
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Nothing wrong with this flick--it's a lot of fun!
12 August 2005 | by dafyddabhughSee all my reviews

For some reason, most of the commenters on IMDb are overly harsh and critical. Swing Fever isn't Gone With the Wind; it's not even the Marx Brothers. But for a light comedy with a fun plot, interesting characters, and a lot of great music, it's worth every penny of your video rental cost.

Kyser is as sympathetic and fun to watch as ever... and sure, I would have loved to see more of the band, more Ish, more dancing, more singing, more plot. But come on, we don't have five hours! It never drags, I wasn't looking at my watch, nothing to make me cringe, no bad performances. Even the bad guy isn't a total heel; he just doesn't know any other way.

I taped this off Turner, and it's definitely a keeper. I know I'm going to watch it several more times. You should see it at least once.


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