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After their annual free concert at Chicago's Dearborn Settlement, Benny Goodman and his band are packing up to move on to their next engagement at a military camp, when a kid, Tony Birch, steals Goodman's clarinet. Goodman and Popsie pursue him to a tenement flat where he has led them to hear his brother, Johnny Birch, play the trombone. Goodman offers him a job, over Popsie's protest, with the band. Aboard the train, Johnny accidentally enters the compartment of the band's singer, Pat Sterling, and gets his face slapped. At the military camp, which turns out to be a boy's military academy (which accounts for juvenile players such as Dickie Moore and Harry McKin running around with such titles as General and Major), Goodman finds a real audience in the jive-mad, jitterbug kids. Masquerading as a sweet, 16-year-old girl friend of one of the cadets who is, in reality, her nephew, Trudy Wilson meets her old friend Goodman who introduces her to Johnny, whose music she admired. However, ...Written by
Les Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Benny Goodman Band is playing in Chicago when a kid is spotted stealing
Benny's clarinet. He's trailed by the King of Swing himself Jack Oakie one of the band members. The young thief has a brother who plays a mean trombone and
is played by James Cardwell.
Socialite Linda Darnell also takes a liking to Cardwell. But he has a chip on his
shoulder about just everything.
But this film is about the music of Benny Goodman and you get a lot of that.
Goodman is no actor, then again Cardwell comes across as churlish and stiff.
This one is for those who love their WW2 era swing.
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