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Strictly in the Groove (1942)


Vernon Keays


Kenneth Higgins (story and screenplay), Warren Wilson (story and screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Healy ... Sally Monroe
Leon Errol ... Durham
Richard Davies ... Bob Saunders
Franklin Pangborn ... Cathcart
Ozzie Nelson ... Ozzie Nelson
Martha Tilton ... Martha Tilton
Shemp Howard ... Pops
Grace McDonald ... Dixie
Jimmie Davis ... Jimmie Davis (as Jimmy Davis)
Leo Diamond Leo Diamond ... Leo Diamond
Jimmy Wakely Trio Jimmy Wakely Trio ... Western Singers
Ozzie Nelson and Orchestra Ozzie Nelson and Orchestra ... Orchestra
Russell Hicks ... R.C. Saunders
Eddie Johnson Eddie Johnson ... Skat
Charles Lang ... Russ Monroe


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GET BUZZIN', COUSIN! (original poster-all caps) See more »


Comedy | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

20 November 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aspirante a músico See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Pops: Don't worry, Bob - you did your best. The kids'll get work. Of course, I'll probably starve... me own mother'll probably starve... my grand... Nahhh, she's playing second base for Brooklyn!
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It Makes No Difference Now
Written by Jimmie Davis and Floyd Tillman
Sung by Jimmie Davis
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Shemp Howard meets Ozzie Nelson in this wonderful combination of comedy and hot swing music!
3 January 2005 | by django-1See all my reviews

Films like STRICTLY IN THE GROOVE are the reason I continue to seek out and collect obscure b-movies. This is a wonderful combination of comedy (Shemp Howard, Leon Errol, Tim Ryan) and swing music from Ozzie Nelson and his band. Most of the musical numbers are up-tempo and full of exciting solos, and remind us what was so appealing about swing music to the young people of that day. In fact, the film is initially set in a college where the students (led by Ozzie and his friend Bob, played by Richard Davies, who is really the protagonist of the film) talk in outrageous swing jive language and ignore their studies to play music and dance. Davies is a charming and witty leading man-- he's probably best remembered for the Ritz Brothers's disappointing HI YA CHUM and The Andrews Sisters's vehicle PRIVATE BUCKEROO. Ozzie Nelson has a warm and engaging screen presence and reminds me of the young Buster Crabbe. The legendary Franklin Pangborn is priceless as the fussy manager of the resort where Bob is assistant manager and that the college crew turn into a swing oasis. If you want pure entertainment with no time wasted on non-essentials, STRICTLY IN THE GROOVE delivers the goods. Don't miss it!!!

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