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||IMDB Rating: 6.5/10 from votes
||Release: 12 March 1937 (USA) /
||Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
||Director: Virginia Van Upp,
||Stars: Anthony Quinn, Carole Lombard, Cecil Cunningham, Charles Arnt, Charles Butterworth, Charles Judels, Dorothy Lamour, Franklin Pangborn, Fred MacMurray, Harvey Stephens, Jean Dixon
||Synopsis: In Panama, Maggie King meets soldier Skid Johnson on his last day in the army and reluctantly agrees to a date to celebrate. 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 soon falls in love with Skid. Skid gets a job playing the trumpet at a local club and becomes a big success. Fame and fortune go to his head which eventually destroys his relationship Maggie and his career. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <[email protected]>
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SWING HIGH, SWING LOW (Paramount, 1937) directed by Mitchell Leisen, is
not necessarily a Tarzan flick, but a reworking of an old Broadway
stage play, "Burlesque" (1927) that brought forth to the screen THE
DANCE OF LIFE (1929) with Hal Skelly and Nancy Carroll, and a second
remake, WHEN MY BABY SMILES AT ME (20th Century-Fox, 1948) starring
Betty Grable and Dan Dailey. While these films were simply backstage
stories, this second version takes a different turn set in night clubs,
featuring non singers/ dancers Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray as a
couple whose musical act consists of he trumpet playing and she
talk-singing some "hot" songs.
The story opens on a ship passing through the Panama Canal Zone where
Marguerite "Maggie" King (Carole Lombard), a singer, earning passage
money as a manicurist, traveling with her companion, Ella (Jean Dixon),
to California with Maggie planning to surprise Harvey Dexter (Harvey
Stephens), a wealthy rancher and fiancé of three years. During a rest
stop, the girls spend the day in Panama where they encounter "Skid"
Johnson (Fred MacMurray), an ex-Army man posing as a tour guide wanting
to get better acquainted with Maggie. They soon land themselves in jail
after Skid's fight with a Spanish speaking Don (Anthony Quinn), for
trying to pick up Maggie, leaving the nightclub in shambles, thus,
causing Maggie to miss her boat leaving port. After Skid's bungalow
roommate, Harry Rankin (Charles Butterworth), the "hottest piano player
in Panama," pays their bail, Maggie, stranded and broke, becomes their
new star boarder, shortly followed by another, a chicken named Butch.
Posing as husband and wife, Maggie and Skid obtain jobs at Murphy's
(Cecil Cunningham) café and bar, he trumpet playing and she as dancer
and hostess. In spite of warnings regarding Skid's bad reputation,
Maggie not only forms a successful act between them, but marries him in
the process. Things go well until Anita Alvarez (Dorothy Lamour), one
of Skid's ex-girlfriends and singer at Murphy's, interferes. She soon
leaves for a better jib offer at the El Greco in New York, much to
Maggie's delight. However, when Georgie (Charles Arnt), a talent scout,
offers Skid an big opportunity trumpet playing in New York, Maggie
encourages him to take the offer against his wishes. At the advice of
Georgie, Maggie agrees to remain in Panama until Skip makes a hit for
himself and sends for her, a decision she would live to regret when
Skid becomes a sensation at the El Greco with Anita as his new partner.
Songs include: "Swing High, Swing Low" (sung by chorus during opening
title credits) by Burton Lane and Ralph Freed; "Lonely Little Senorita"
(instrumental/trumpet play by Fred MacMurray); "Panamania" (sung by
Dorothy Lamour) by Al Siegel and Sam Coslow; "I Hear a Call to Arms,"
"I Hear a Call to Arms," "I Hear a Call to Arms"; "Then It Isn't Love,"
"Then It Isn't Love" (all sung by Lombard) by Ralph Rainger and Leo
Robin; "Swing High, Swing Low" (instrumental/trumpet) and "I Hear a
Call to Arms" (finale/Lombard).
For their third time on screen together, Lombard and MacMurray, best
known for comedic roles, demonstrate themselves as fine dramatic
actors, particularly during the second half of the story. While the
movie is a fine blend of comedy and drama, the musical portion comes as
a letdown. With the exception of the title tune, the songs are
uninspired. There are no production numbers to back them up and
frequent high notes on the trumpet gets to become headache inducing
after a while. Dorothy Lamour's "Panamania" is lively enough but her
vocalizing is interrupted with cutaways of spoken dialog, and never
heard through once. Lombard, a fine comedienne in her own right,
doesn't cut it as a singer. She made this clear earlier in the story in
responding about her singing, "Not very good." Her vocalizing comes off
as sultry in the Marlene Dietrich manner, but with MacMurray's trumpet
playing, it drowns her out. MacMurray's performance comes off best as
the egotistic trumpet player who rises to fame only to lose everything
except his trumpet, and roaming the streets a broken down unshaven
derelict. Although MacMurray's performance wasn't recognized to be
nominated by the Academy as Best Actor, Dan Dailey's interpretation of
Skid Johnson in the 1948 remake was.
For years, WHEN MY BABY SMILES AT ME was the better known of the three
adaptations due to frequent television revivals.Just as it slowly faded
away by the 1970s, the nearly forgotten SWING HIGH, SWING LOW got into
the swing of things when it sufficed in the 1980s, notably on a weekly
public television series called "Sprockets." A victim of public domain,
SWING HIGH, SWING LOW suffers from poor quality prints, ranging from
too dark to fuzzy, and available at different running times. (Goodtimes
Home Video from the 1980s was the most accurate with its 95 minute run
time). Having been shown on several cable networks throughout the
years, including the Nostalgia Channel in the 1990s, Turner Classic
Movies premiered SWING HIGH, SWING LOW August 17, 2006, an all day
tribute to Carole Lombard as part of its annual "Summer Under the
Stars." Expecting to finally see this restored to clear picture and
sound quality, it's surprising to find the TCM print to not only be of
poor quality, but 15 minutes worth of missing material. At present, DVD
copies circulating are this shortened 81 minute cut.
SWING HIGH, SWING LOW may occasionally hit some high notes, but is of
sole interest today mainly for its leading players than anything else.
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, Carole Lombard
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, Jean Dixon
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