Second Chorus (1940)





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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.
Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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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
Willa Pearl Curtis
as Scrubwoman
Ben Hall
as Western Union boy
William Benedict
as Ticket taker
Jerry Jerome
as Tenor Sax Player
Hermes Pan
as College Clarinetist, College Clarinetist (uncredited)
Joan Barclay
as Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for Second Chorus

All Critics (1)

Second-rate Fred Astaire film.

Full Review… | February 8, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Second Chorus

Pretty bad Astaire musical. Ridiculous story that goes nowhere. Paulette Goddard looks beautiful, at least. Everyone's wasted here; for a musical it's pretty weak, Astaire and Goddard only dance together in one quick dance.

Matt Heiser
Matt Heiser

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 nixon
jay nixon

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I like Fred Astaire. I like Paulette Goddard. I like Artie Shaw's music. It would stand to reason that I liked this movie, but to tell the truth, I was disappointed. The story was rather unbelievable (Astaire and Burgess Meredith play college students), predictable, and unoriginal. When it tried to be funny, it didn't really work. However, it wasn't too unbearable; it was even entertaining at parts, but it definitely was not a high point for Astaire or Goddard.

Audrey-Kim Hayworth
Audrey-Kim Hayworth

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