The Fabulous Dorseys
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|The Fabulous Dorseys|
|Directed by||Alfred E. Green|
|Produced by||Charles R. Rogers|
|Screenplay by||Art Arthur|
|Based on||The Battling Brothers Dorsey|
1946 The Saturday Evening Post
by Richard English
|Music by||Louis Forbes|
|Cinematography||James Van Trees|
|Edited by||George M. Arthur|
Charles R. Rogers Productions
|Distributed by||United Artists.|
The Fabulous Dorseys is a 1947 fictionalized biographical film which tells the story of Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, from their boyhood in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania through their rise, their breakup, and their personal reunion. The film was also released under the alternate title The Fighting Dorseys.
The film is a musical comedy based on the lives and careers of Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey. The Dorsey Brothers star as themselves. Other actors include Janet Blair, William Lundigan, Sara Allgood and Arthur Shields. Janet Blair demonstrates that she is a highly competent singer.
The "side plot" focuses on a romance between Jane, who grew up with the Dorseys and becomes the singer with their band (Janet Blair demonstrates that she is a highly competent vocalist), and Bob Burton, who leaves his employment as a support pianist for the cinema and joins the Dorseys. Bob writes music and strives to complete an original American-sound concerto.
There are also cameo appearances by other jazz musicians of the period: Paul Whiteman, Charlie Barnet, Henry Busse, Bob Eberly, Helen O'Connell and Art Tatum. Pianist Tatum "is shown playing in a night club with the piano surrounded by the Dorsey brothers and other well-known musicians, who finally join him in an ensemble blues."
The Jimmy Dorsey composition and theme song "Contrasts" is played in the movie. "Green Eyes", "Tangerine", "I'll Never Smile Again", "Marie", and "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" are also featured in the movie, along with "To Me" and "Dorsey Concerto". Paul Whiteman and the Orchestra perform "At Sundown". Art Tatum performs "Turquoise" and "Art's Blues" at the piano.
- Tommy Dorsey as Himself (Jimmy's Brother)
- Jimmy Dorsey as Himself (Tommy's Brother)
- Janet Blair as Jane Howard
- Paul Whiteman as Bandleader
- William Lundigan as Robert Burton (Bob)
- Sara Allgood as Mrs. Dorsey
- Arthur Shields as Mr. Dorsey
- Dave Willock as Foggy
- William Bakewell as Eddie
- James Flavin as Gorman
- Charlie Barnet as Bandleader
- Bob Eberly as Band Vocalist
- Henry Busse as Bandleader
- Helen O'Connell as Band Vocalist
- Mike Pingitore as Musician
- Art Tatum as Himself
- The Fabulous Dorseys at Allmovie
- Goldsmith, Melissa U. D.; Willson, Paige A.; Fonseca, Anthony J. (2016-10-07). The Encyclopedia of Musicians and Bands on Film. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 108. ISBN 978-1-4422-6987-3.
- Walker, Leo (1964). The Wonderful Era of the Great Dance Bands. Garden City, New York: Doubleday. p. 224.
- Lester, James (1994). Too Marvelous for Words: The Life and Genius of Art Tatum. Oxford University Press. p. 176. ISBN 0-19-509640-1.
- "THE FABULOUS DORSEYS". Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Retrieved 2020-02-29.
- The Fabulous Dorseys at IMDb
- The Fabulous Dorseys at the TCM Movie Database
- The Fabulous Dorseys at the American Film Institute Catalog
- The Fabulous Dorseys is available for free download at the Internet Archive
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