The Fabulous Dorseys

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Overview

Based on the lives of big-band stars Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, this biographical chronicle begins with their childhood in an industrial Pennsylvania town. Encouraged in their musical talents by their father, the Dorsey brothers' sibling rivalry proves to be a stumbling block until the their father's death gives them the momentum they need to rise to fame, and they are eventually considered to be among the best bandleaders of the swing era. Appearances by Charlie Barnet, Art Tatum, and Bob Eberly jazz up the musical...
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Overview

Based on the lives of big-band stars Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, this biographical chronicle begins with their childhood in an industrial Pennsylvania town. Encouraged in their musical talents by their father, the Dorsey brothers' sibling rivalry proves to be a stumbling block until the their father's death gives them the momentum they need to rise to fame, and they are eventually considered to be among the best bandleaders of the swing era. Appearances by Charlie Barnet, Art Tatum, and Bob Eberly jazz up the musical numbers, featuring such songs as "Green Eyes," "Everybody's Doin' It," "Marie," and "I'll Never Say Never Again."
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Fabulous Dorseys is far from a fabulous movie, but it does have some fabulous moments. It's easy to pinpoint those fabulous moments: they happen whenever the dialogue stops and the music begins. Of course, it's natural for the numbers in a musical to be the highlights, but rarely is there such a discrepancy between the spoken and the played/sung. Also, viewers should be warned that Dorseys is not a musical in which the songs generally advance the plot; these are "numbers," interludes of beautiful music that do little to define character, progress the story or even with some exceptions create an emotion that is especially relevant to what is going on in the plot. Viewers should also be warned that not only is the dialogue bland at best and the plot contrived, but there's also a big problem with the lead actors: Tommy Dorsey and Jimmy Dorsey can't act. Not even a little. And with the exceptions of Janet Blair, Sara Allgood, and Arthur Shields, there's precious little acting contributed by anyone else in the film, either. But if you're a devotee of great swing music, in Dorseys it is worth slogging through the non-musical portions just to hear the Dorseys and their instrumentalist buddies in top form, along with wonderful vocal contributions from Blair and Helen O'Connell.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2012
  • UPC: 874757015996
  • Original Release: 1947
  • Source: American Pop Classic
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 62,304

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sara Allgood Mrs. Dorsey
William Bakewell Eddie
Charlie Barnet Specialty
Janet Blair Jane Howard
Buz Buckley Young Jimmy
Ann Carter Young Jane
Edward Clark Hotel Clerk
Hal K. Dawson Artie
Jimmy Dorsey Himself
Tom Dugan Waiter
Bob Eberly Specialty
Ziggy Elman Specialty
James Flavin Gorman
Helen O'Connell Specialty
Jack Roper Radio Station Attendant
Jackie Searl Joe
Arthur Shields Mr.Dorsey
James Taggart Phil
Art Tatum Specialty
Andrew Tombes De Witt
Paul Whiteman Himself
Dave Willock Foggy
William Lundigan Bob Burton
Tommy Dorsey Himself
Technical Credits
Alfred E. Green Director
Art Arthur Screenwriter
George Arthur Editor
Charles Baron Choreography
Richard English Screenwriter
Louis Forbes Musical Direction/Supervision
Curtis Kenyon Screenwriter
Charles R. Rogers Producer
John W. Rogers Producer
Alfred Schmid Special Effects
James Van Trees Cinematographer
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