Swing High, Swing Low (film)

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Swing High, Swing Low
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Theatrical poster
Directed by Mitchell Leisen
Produced by Arthur Hornblow, Jr.
Written by Virginia Van Upp
Oscar Hammerstein II
Starring Carole Lombard
Fred MacMurray
Music by Phil Boutelje
Victor Young
Cinematography Ted Tetzlaff
Edited by Eda Warren
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • March 12, 1937 (1937-03-12)
Running time
92 min.
Country United States
Language English/Spanish
Budget $739,600

Swing High, Swing Low is a 1937 American romantic drama starring Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray.[1][2]

This is the second film adaptation, after The Dance of Life (1929) and before When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948), of the popular Broadway play Burlesque, by George Manker Watters and Arthur Hopkins.


Working her way on board a liner travelling through the Panama Canal Zone as a hairdresser, Maggie meets a brash young soldier, "Skid" Johnson who is leaving the army the next day. When her inattention to a client causes the client's hair to catch on fire, Maggie is fired and has to disembark in Panama. She and Skid eventually fall in love and marry. She discovers Skid's amazing prowess with a trumpet that leads him to support her after their marriage. Greedy for money, she encourages the reluctant Skid to travel to New York City to play in a major night club leaving her behind.



In 1965, the film entered the public domain (in the USA) due to the claimants failure to renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication.[3]

  • Swing High, Swing Low (DVD (all regions)). Synergy Entertainment. May 15, 2007. 


  1. ^ Nugent, Frank S. (April 15, 1937). "Movie Review: Swing High, Swing Low (1937)". New York Times. Retrieved 15 November 2008. "Swing High, Swing Low," like most Ferris wheels, doesn't go anywhere—at least, nowhere that you have not been. Its players really are worthy of better treatment. 
  2. ^ Malcolm, Derek (May 18, 2000). "Mitchell Leisen: Swing High, Swing Low". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 November 2008. Do you recall Swing High, Swing Low, Easy Living, or Remember the Night? Probably not. They were made by Mitchell Leisen, who worked through the 30s, 40s and 50s and was never considered a major director. But looking at his films now, you can see at least a minor master. 
  3. ^ Pierce, David (June 2007). "Forgotten Faces: Why Some of Our Cinema Heritage Is Part of the Public Domain". Film History: An International Journal 19 (2): 125–43. doi:10.2979/FIL.2007.19.2.125. ISSN 0892-2160. OCLC 15122313. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 

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