Swing High, Swing Low (film)
|Swing High, Swing Low|
|Directed by||Mitchell Leisen|
|Produced by||Arthur Hornblow, Jr.|
|Written by||Virginia Van Upp
Oscar Hammerstein II
|Music by||Phil Boutelje
|Edited by||Eda Warren|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
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, 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.
- Carole Lombard ... Marguerite 'Maggie' King
- Fred MacMurray ... Skid Johnson
- Charles Butterworth ... Harry
- Jean Dixon... Ella
- Dorothy Lamour ... Anita Alvarez
- Harvey Stephens ... Harvey Howell
- Cecil Cunningham ... Murphy
- Charles Arnt ... Georgie Herman
- Franklin Pangborn ... Henri
- Anthony Quinn ... The Don
- Charles Judels ... Tony Morelli
- Swing High, Swing Low (DVD (all regions)). Synergy Entertainment. May 15, 2007.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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