Swing High, Swing Low

Overview

Swing High Swing Low is a new coat of paint on the old stage play Burlesque, first filmed in 1929 as The Dance of Life. Ex-serviceman Skid Johnson Fred MacMurray rises to the uppermost rungs of show business as a bandleader. As his fame swells, so does his head, and he becomes impossibly arrogant, forgetting the friends who helped him get to the top -- not to mention his ever-faithful sweetheart, band vocalist Maggie King Carole Lombard. Consuming great quantities of booze, Skid hits the skids, ending up a ...
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Overview

Swing High Swing Low is a new coat of paint on the old stage play Burlesque, first filmed in 1929 as The Dance of Life. Ex-serviceman Skid Johnson Fred MacMurray rises to the uppermost rungs of show business as a bandleader. As his fame swells, so does his head, and he becomes impossibly arrogant, forgetting the friends who helped him get to the top -- not to mention his ever-faithful sweetheart, band vocalist Maggie King Carole Lombard. Consuming great quantities of booze, Skid hits the skids, ending up a skid-row derelict there seems to be a pattern here. The ultimate humiliation comes when he isn't even allowed to return to the Army because his insides are shot. In the film's calculatedly teary finale, Skid is rescued emotionally and professionally by Maggie, now a big star in her own right. As indicated by the synopsis, the film is banal and old-hat, but the stars are terrific, especially Carole Lombard, who sings in several scenes and not all that badly! Swing High, Swing Low was remade in 1948 as When My Baby Smiles at Me.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Even in 1937, Swing High, Swing Low's story was in need of a new coat of paint. The filmmakers made an effort, resetting the first part of the story in Panama, and that actually gets things off to a promising start. Stars Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray "meet cute" as Lombard's ship passes through a lock of the canal that soon-to-be-discharged soldier MacMurray is guarding. The sequence is charming and well staged, and it promises the film will have a certain degree of invention. That promise holds true for the first 20 minutes or so; even though the plot follows traditional lines, the Panamanian setting and a few tricks here and there keep it lively. Soon, however, the screenplay starts to sink down to the predictable, and as the plot machinations kick in, it becomes creaky and unconvincing. By the time the finale arrives, they audience feels they have all been there before and know exactly what is going to happen. Fortunately, Lombard and MacMurray are on hand to keep our interest, which they do to an amazing degree. They can't make the film any better than average, but they do a great job of holding our attention.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2012
  • UPC: 874757015194
  • Original Release: 1937
  • Source: American Pop Classic
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,284

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carole Lombard Maggie King
Fred MacMurray Skid Johnson
Charles Butterworth Harry
Jean Dixon Ella
Dorothy Lamour Anita Alvarez
Franklin Pangborn Henri
Harvey Stephens Harvey Dexter
Charles Judels Tony
Cecil Cunningham Murphy
Charles Arnt Georgie
Anthony Quinn The Don
Harry Semels Chief of Police
Enrique de Rosas Judge
Paul Newlan Army Lieutenant
Nick Kobliansky
William Arnold Croupier
Eumenio Blanco Interpreter
Lee Bowman Man in Nightclub
Spencer Chan Cook
Gino Corrado Italian
Jack Daley Dock Policeman
Esther Howard Customer
Darby Jones Negro Santa Claus
Donald Kerr Radio Technician
Richard Kipling Army Surgeon
Nick Lukats Man in Nightclub
Chris-Pin Martin Sleepy Servant
Louis Natheaux Gambler
Oscar Rudolph Elevator Boy
George Sorel Manager
Charles Stevens Panamanian at Cock Fight
Frank Whitson Gambler
William Wright Attendant
Dennis O'Keefe Purser
Ralph M. Remley Musselwhite
Technical Credits
Mitchell Leisen Director
Travis Banton Costumes/Costume Designer
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Sam Coslow Songwriter
Hans Dreier Art Director
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
Ernst Fegte Art Director
Ralph Freed Songwriter
A.E. Freudeman Set Decoration/Design
Oscar Hammerstein II Screenwriter
Earl S. Hayman Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur Hornblow Jr. Producer
Don Johnson Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Kisco Songwriter
Boris Morros Musical Direction/Supervision
Ralph Rainger Songwriter
Leo Robin Songwriter
Al Siegel Songwriter
Ted Tetzlaff Cinematographer
Virginia van Upp Screenwriter
Edna Warren Editor
Victor Young Score Composer
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