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 date
  • 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 of the popular Broadway play Burlesque (after The Dance of Life (1929) and before When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948)), this version being written by George Manker Watters and Arthur Hopkins.


Working her way on board a liner traveling through the Panama Canal Zone, as a hairdresser, Maggie King meets a brash young soldier, "Skid" Johnson on his last day in the army and reluctantly agrees to a date to celebrate. She discovers Skid's amazing prowess with a trumpet while celebrating at a nightclub. The two become involved in a nightclub brawl, which causes Maggie to miss her ship back to the States. Now stranded, she's forced to move in with Skid and his pal Harry. She and Skid eventually fall in love and marry. Greedy for money, she encourages the reluctant Skid to travel to New York City to play in a major night club, leaving her behind. He is a big success; fame and fortune go to his head, which eventually destroys his marriage, and his career.



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 November 15, 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 November 15, 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. JSTOR 25165419. OCLC 15122313. 

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