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Second Chorus Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Pack

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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!


Product Details

  • Actors: Fred Astaire, Paulette Goddard, Burgess Meredith, Artie Shaw
  • Directors: H C Potter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: HD Cinema Classics
  • DVD Release Date: May 14, 2013
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CA4RZLQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,299 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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this hal roach studios dvd release of 'second chorus' has to be the best restoration of this film so far. not top of the line spectacular, but very, very good!! on the back cover it says the dvd is "mastered from original 35mm nitrate camera negative", and indeed the images are clean and crisp, no spots, specs, or lines. those who have seen the inferior prints of this film in the past will be pleasantly surprised. it's well worth the money.

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!!!!
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If you're looking for a classic Astaire and Rogers movie this is not it. But there is something here worth hearing and seeing.
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.
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What did Fred Astaire have to say about Second Chorus? "The worst picture I ever worked on."

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.
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No Fred Astaire collection is complete without this. His work is important not only with Ginger Rodgers but Rita Hayworth and a few others. Paulette Goodard films are fairly hard to find these days. Just this and Modern Times. The story is interesting. It has actual tension in the beginning, which a lot of these simple films lack. There is a dance sequence in the middle that I just love. Forget the song, but I bought the movie on the strength of it (plus the price was right) If you're only familiar with Astaire and Rodgers, branch out. He does good work with a lot of talented women, including Cyd Charisse, Judy Garland, Ann Miller... Jane Powell.. and especially with himself.!
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In later life, Fred Astaire claimed that Second Chorus was the worst film he ever made. However, no film in which Astaire dances can be wholly written off and there is still much to delight his fans in this frothy caper. Fred was no mean musician and song-writer himself and he welcomed the chance to work with Artie Shaw and his band, one of the leading outfits of the day. In the film, Shaw plays a fictionalised version of himself. Fred and Buster Meredith play Danny O’Neill and Hank Taylor, two college non-graduates who keep flunking their exams in order to continue earning a living with the college band. They are, by turns, good friends who connive together and rivals who do the dirty on each other, either to gain a place with Shaw’s band or to win the heart of Paulette Goddard, who plays Ellen Miller, Shaw’s manager-cum-secretary.

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.
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