Swing Out the Blues (1944)

73 mins | Romantic comedy, Musical | 20 January 1944

Director:

Malcolm St. Clair

Producer:

Sam White

Cinematographer:

Arthur Martinelli

Editor:

Jerome Thoms

Production Designer:

Lionel Banks

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The opening credits were taken from an incomplete print of the film. According to the Var review, The Vagabonds musical group was comprised of Peter Peterson, Till Riaso, Al Torrieril and Don Germano. ...

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The opening credits were taken from an incomplete print of the film. According to the Var review, The Vagabonds musical group was comprised of Peter Peterson, Till Riaso, Al Torrieril and Don Germano.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
13 Jan 1944
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jan 1944
p. 3
Motion Picture Herald
22-Jan-44
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
20 Nov 1943
p. 1636
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
22 Jan 1944
p. 1726
Variety
26 Jan 1944
p. 12
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Mal St. Clair
Dir
Robert Saunders
Asst dir
Monty Collins
Dial dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITERS
Story
Addl dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
SOURCES
MUSIC
Minuet by Ludwig van Beethoven; "Liebestraum," by Franz Liszt; "Otchi Tchorniya (Dark Eyes)", traditional Russian folk song.
SONGS
"It Can't Be Wrong," music by Max Steiner, lyrics by Kim Gannon; "Ever So Quiet," music and lyrics by Algy Moore; "The Great American Home," music and lyrics by Al Sherman, Al Lewis and Allie Wrubel; "Tahitian Lullaby," music by Roger N. Fowler, lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert; "Rock-a-Bye Baby," music and lyrics by Effie I. Canning; "Prelude to Love," music and lyrics by Chet Forrest and Bob Wright; "Tahitian War Chant," composers undetermined.
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Release Date:
20 January 1944
Production Date:
21 Sep--13 Oct 1943
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Columbia Pictures Corp.
14 January 1944
LP12439
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
73
Length(in feet):
6,311
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Ken Stubbs, Biff Bunker, Torchy Martin and Clinker Scofield, four struggling musicians who comprise a band known as The Vagabonds, appear on a people's court radio program that deals with personal problems. To the moderator of the show, Judge Dudley Gordon, the musicians relate the story of their woes with their singer, Rich Cleveland: Unable to find work, the band is suffering financial difficulties when talent agent Dena Marshall hears Rich sing and offers him a job as a solo vocalist. When Rich refuses to break up with the group, Dena, disgusted by his obstinacy, offers them a job performing chamber music at the coming-out party of socialite Penelope Carstairs. Just before the boys arrive at the Carstairs estate, Penelope rejects a marriage proposal from Gregg Talbot, the man her dowdy aunt Amanda has chosen to be her husband. As Rich enters the room, Penny defiantly declares that she will marry the next man who walks in the door. The following morning, Amanda and Gregg learn of Penny's marriage to Rich. In the ensuing argument, Rich misinterprets Penny's reason for marrying him and storms out of the house. Penny follows Rich to New York and moves into his apartment. Soon after, Penny and Rich settle their differences and the band finds financial security performing at Pinelli's restaurant. Dena, who has fallen in love with Rich, determines to break up his marriage, threatening to ruin his career unless he obtains an annulment. When Penny discovers that Rich has been seeing Dena, she confronts him and Rich angrily storms out of the apartment. After quitting Pinelli's, he disappears. Pregnant, Penny stays alone ...

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Ken Stubbs, Biff Bunker, Torchy Martin and Clinker Scofield, four struggling musicians who comprise a band known as The Vagabonds, appear on a people's court radio program that deals with personal problems. To the moderator of the show, Judge Dudley Gordon, the musicians relate the story of their woes with their singer, Rich Cleveland: Unable to find work, the band is suffering financial difficulties when talent agent Dena Marshall hears Rich sing and offers him a job as a solo vocalist. When Rich refuses to break up with the group, Dena, disgusted by his obstinacy, offers them a job performing chamber music at the coming-out party of socialite Penelope Carstairs. Just before the boys arrive at the Carstairs estate, Penelope rejects a marriage proposal from Gregg Talbot, the man her dowdy aunt Amanda has chosen to be her husband. As Rich enters the room, Penny defiantly declares that she will marry the next man who walks in the door. The following morning, Amanda and Gregg learn of Penny's marriage to Rich. In the ensuing argument, Rich misinterprets Penny's reason for marrying him and storms out of the house. Penny follows Rich to New York and moves into his apartment. Soon after, Penny and Rich settle their differences and the band finds financial security performing at Pinelli's restaurant. Dena, who has fallen in love with Rich, determines to break up his marriage, threatening to ruin his career unless he obtains an annulment. When Penny discovers that Rich has been seeing Dena, she confronts him and Rich angrily storms out of the apartment. After quitting Pinelli's, he disappears. Pregnant, Penny stays alone at the apartment, refusing to return home to Amanda. Soon after the birth of Penny's son, Amanda and Gregg come to visit. To add to the confusion, Rich, wearing an RAF uniform, returns and upon seeing his son, reconciles with Penny. Returning to the present, the Vagabonds confide that they dreamed the whole story up to snag a sponsor.

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Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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