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Danny O'Neill (Fred Astaire) and Hank Taylor (Burgess Meredith) prolong their college careers by purposefully failing for seven years in order to continue leading their college swing band. When finally forced to leave school, they get a chance to join up with big band leader Artie Shaw in this hilarious musical comedy also starring Paulette Goddard!
Bonus features include Audio Commentary by Tom Santopietro, Trailer, Before & After Restoration Demo, Original Movie Art Postcard, Closed Captions, and Spanish Subtitles!
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for me, astaire is hollywood royalty; a peerless dancer and entertainer. all of astaire's body of work is great --- he never fails to deliver fresh, original interpretations of music through his singing and dancing. his films should be in every dvd library, that's why THIS DVD EDITION is such a find.
and while the film itself is not a classic, it does have some wonderful moments, starting with the toe-tapping tune by the artie shaw orchestra that accompanies the opening credits. this, along with "i ain't hep to that step but i'll dig it" and "love of my life" and the instrumental band music ... they're all upbeat, peppy tunes. it's a shame there's not more of them, they're just great to listen to.
paulette goddard's sweet-tart personality also works well with astaire, and her one dance (a jitterbug!!) with astaire is well done and fun to watch. again, we could use more dancing, even the great astaire has ONE solo dance number. goddard herself was just reaching fullblown stardom at this time (1940). burgess meredith, brilliant as always. artie shaw, charles butterworth and the supporting cast, excellent.
with more music and dance numbers (this film seems to have fewer numbers than your traditional musical), and perhaps better production values (paramount studios would do better by astaire in later films) this could have been a classic musical. but even so, as it is , it's still well worth a look!!!!
This is one of those swing era films that can be of real interest to someone who loves the music and musicians of that time. In this movie Astaire and Burgess Meredith are dueling trumpet players. The sound track has the trumpet playing of Billy Butterfield and Bobby Hackett. Also there is the best band of the era, Artie Shaw.
This can be a very rewarding film, if you look and listen for what it really has to offer.
Looking at it now the movie has some redeeming qualities, but on balance we have a Fred Astaire musical with only two real dance numbers, and the second is near the end of the movie, plus it's a musical with only three songs...and each of the songs has a different composer with Johnny Mercer doing all the lyrics. The musical has the earmarks of an idea that went wrong. Still, if you're an Astaire fan it's worth watching all the way through once, and then using your fast-forward clicker several times to the three musical numbers, which are good.
Trumpet player Danny O'Neill (Fred Astaire) heads The University Perennials, a reasonably successful college band made up of musicians who deliberately fail each year to graduate. His best friend and competitor is a fellow trumpet player, Hank Taylor (Burgess Meredith). They both fall for Ellen Miller (Paulette Goddard), whom they hire to manage the band, and they both compete for a spot with Artie Shaw. There's plenty of plot complications, friendly but under-handed double dealing and lots of misunderstandings. Eventually, Danny and Ellen wind up together, Danny wins a place with Shaw...and probably so does Hank.
The fast-forward button is essential because the plot just goes on and on. What the movie has going for it is Astaire, when he's given the opportunity to dance and to sing, the music of Artie Shaw, trumpet players Bobby Hackett dubbing for Astaire and Billy Butterfield dubbing for Meredith, and Johnny Mercer's lyrics. Mercer collaborated with Shaw on the one romantic swing number Astaire sings to Goddard. It's a knock-out. Unfortunately, the song has been long forgotten, but it's worth the price of the public domain DVD.Read more ›
When Shaw agrees to audition both men for a spot as trumpet-player, Danny and Hank jeopardise each other’s chances, due to the fact that Danny has told Hank that Ellen has agreed to marry him. In revenge, Hank alters the music for Danny’s piece, resulting in a disharmonious cacophony, while Danny pulls Hank’s chair off the back of the orchestra set. Ellen is embarrassed and disheartened by their behaviour and says she doesn’t want to see either one again.
Hank takes a job at the race-track while Danny finds work with an inferior band in a Russian café. Meanwhile, Ellen has struck up a platonic friendship with Mr Chisholm, a charming bumbler and would-be mandolin-player (played by Charles Butterworth) who just happens to take her to the café where Danny is playing. On seeing Danny, Ellen realises she still has romantic feelings for him, while he believes that her friendship with Chisholm is something more.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
always a great movie considering the era, Must have seen this movie 25 times over the years!!!!Published 8 months ago by MILT
A very underrated musical comedy. This should be much better known & appreciated.Published 11 months ago by Brent Clark Rogers
Can't beat some of the old movies. Even my granddaughter loves them.Published 11 months ago by Trafford
I love the movie, however due to the age of the movie, I am assuming the picture quality is not that good.Published 14 months ago by Judy G. Woehl
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