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Sweet and Low-Down (1944)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 15 January 1945 (Sweden)
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, ... See full summary »

Director:

Archie Mayo

Writers:

Richard English (screen play), Richard English (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Benny Goodman ... Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman and His Orchestra ... Benny Goodman and His Orchestra (as Benny Goodman and His Band)
Linda Darnell ... Trudy Wilson
Jack Oakie ... Popsy
Lynn Bari ... Pat Stirling
James Cardwell ... Johnny Birch
Allyn Joslyn ... Lester Barnes
John Campbell John Campbell ... Dixie Zang
Roy Benson Roy Benson ... Skeets McCormick
Dickie Moore ... Military Cadet General 'Mogie' Cramichael
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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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Musical | Romance

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Hollywood Reporter production charts listed June Haver in the cast, but she did not appear in the movie. See more »

Soundtracks

Hey Bub! Let's Have a Ball
(1944)
Music by James V. Monaco (as James Monaco)
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by the Benny Goodman and His Orchestra (uncredited) at rehearsal in New York
Sung by Lynn Bari (uncredited) (dubbed by Lorraine Elliott (uncredited)), Benny Goodman (uncredited) and male quartet
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Mr. Clarinet
16 November 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1945 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Benny kommer till stan See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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