Swing Your Lady (1938)

72 or 79 mins | Comedy | 8 January 1938

Director:

Ray Enright

Cinematographer:

Arthur Edeson

Editor:

Jack Killifer

Production Designer:

Esdras Hartley

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The opening cast list credits "The Weaver Brothers & Elviry," but in the end credits, the Weavers, who comprised a popular vaudeville team, are listed individually, with their respective character names. For additional information on their careers, please See Entry for Down in "Arkansaw" . According to FD , Daniel Boone Savage was a professional wrestler who made his film debut in this feature. Character actor Nat Pendleton was a former Olympic and professional ... More Less

The opening cast list credits "The Weaver Brothers & Elviry," but in the end credits, the Weavers, who comprised a popular vaudeville team, are listed individually, with their respective character names. For additional information on their careers, please See Entry for Down in "Arkansaw" . According to FD , Daniel Boone Savage was a professional wrestler who made his film debut in this feature. Character actor Nat Pendleton was a former Olympic and professional wrestler. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
5 Jan 38
p. 6.
Film Daily
7 Jan 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
10 Jan 38
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Nov 37
p. 3, 15
Hollywood Reporter
5 Jan 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
7 Jan 38
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
30 Oct 37
p. 43, 46
Motion Picture Herald
8 Jan 38
p. 50.
New York Times
27 Jan 38
p. 17.
Variety
26 Jan 38
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
SOUND
DANCE
Mus numbers created and dir by
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Swing Your Lady by Kenyon Nicholson and Charles Robinson (New York, l8 Oct 1936).
SONGS
"Mountain Swingeroo," "The Old Apple Tree," "Swing Your Lady," "Dig Me a Grave in Missouri" and "Hillbilly from Tenth Avenue," music and lyrics by M. K. Jerome and Jack Scholl.
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 January 1938
Premiere Information:
Dallas, TX premiere: January 1938
Hannibal, MO premiere: February 1938.
Production Date:
mid September--mid November 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
14 December 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7833
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
72 or 79
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3787
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Wrestler Joe Skopapolous, together with his manager, Ed, and his trainers, Popeye and Shiner, arrives in a small town in the Ozarks hoping to promote a wrestling match. Things look hopeless because there is no local candidate for Joe's opponent until Ed meets the blacksmith, a woman named Sadie. Believing it would be a good gimmick for Joe to wrestle with Sadie, Ed offers her $100 to compete. She readily agrees because she needs the money to buy a suite of bedroom furniture. Unfortunately for Ed's plans, Joe meets Sadie on a training run and falls madly in love with the large woman. When Joe learns that Sadie is his opponent, he refuses to fight her even though she begs him. Things look bleak until Ed learns that Sadie has been courted by Noah, a huge mountain man. Ed sets up a match between the two rivals, and for promotion, tells everyone that Sadie will marry the winner. Sadie favors Joe, which does not suit Ed. He shows her a picture of a woman and her children and leads her to believe that they belong to Joe. Furious, she announces that she is going back to Noah, and Ed has to convince Joe to lose the fight. Joe reluctantly agrees, but midway through the contest, Ed learns that Madison Square Garden wants to present the winner, so he signals to Joe, who rapidly overcomes his opponent. Joe marries Sadie and gives up the ring for the blacksmith ... +


Wrestler Joe Skopapolous, together with his manager, Ed, and his trainers, Popeye and Shiner, arrives in a small town in the Ozarks hoping to promote a wrestling match. Things look hopeless because there is no local candidate for Joe's opponent until Ed meets the blacksmith, a woman named Sadie. Believing it would be a good gimmick for Joe to wrestle with Sadie, Ed offers her $100 to compete. She readily agrees because she needs the money to buy a suite of bedroom furniture. Unfortunately for Ed's plans, Joe meets Sadie on a training run and falls madly in love with the large woman. When Joe learns that Sadie is his opponent, he refuses to fight her even though she begs him. Things look bleak until Ed learns that Sadie has been courted by Noah, a huge mountain man. Ed sets up a match between the two rivals, and for promotion, tells everyone that Sadie will marry the winner. Sadie favors Joe, which does not suit Ed. He shows her a picture of a woman and her children and leads her to believe that they belong to Joe. Furious, she announces that she is going back to Noah, and Ed has to convince Joe to lose the fight. Joe reluctantly agrees, but midway through the contest, Ed learns that Madison Square Garden wants to present the winner, so he signals to Joe, who rapidly overcomes his opponent. Joe marries Sadie and gives up the ring for the blacksmith shop. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
with songs


Subject

Subject (Minor):
Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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