Second Chorus

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In this musical, Fred Astaire and Burgess Meredith appear as two rival trumpet players who would like to join the Artie Shaw Orchestra, and who'd each like to become the beau to the lovely Paulette Goddard. She agrees to be the two fellas' manager and is not so interested in love. She eventually falls for Astaire. [In real life she married Burgess Meredith.] There are plenty of musical numbers featuring Astaire and the Artie Shaw Orchestra.

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Fred Astaire
as Danny O'Neill
Paulette Goddard
as Ellen Miller
Burgess Meredith
as Hank Taylor
Artie Shaw
as Artie Shaw
Charles Butterworth
as Mr. Chisholm
Jimmy Conlin
as Mr. Dunn
Don Brodie
as Hotel Clerk
Ben Hall
as Western Union boy
Jerry Jerome
as Tenor Sax Player
Hermes Pan
as College Clarinetist, College Clarinetist (uncredited)
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  • Oct 16, 2018
    Or: The Artie Shaw Movie, wherein Artie plays and (kind of) acts, gamely supported by Fred, Paulette, and Burgess in some hastily put together "rivals competing for the same girl" anecdote (of which poor Burgess gets the goat, eh?). Charles Butterworth, inserted into the thing like the proverbial square peg, actually does better than everything but Shaw's music. It's interesting, sort of, watching Fred and Burgess pretend to play trumpet. Goddard does okay in her one dance routine with Fred.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2010
    Strictly minor league musical despite Fred's presence. This is one of a couple low rent films he did between splitting with Ginger and landing at MGM.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2007
    There's a hole in the plot you could drive a truck through, but of course, Fred is Magic.
    Valerie G Super Reviewer

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