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The Fabulous Dorseys 1947

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4.2 out of 5 stars (68) IMDb 5.6/10

The biography of the Dorsey Brothers. Though the Big Band era crown The Dorsey Brothers as one of swingdom's greatest musical teams, their feuding since childhood was also legendary. Quarrelling brothers are reunited on the death of their father. This is their biography featuring many of their hit songs, such as "Marie" and "Green Eyes" highlighted by a jam session with Art Tatum, Charlie Barnet, Ziggy Elman and Ray Bauduc.

Starring:
Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey
Runtime:
2 hours, 48 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Romance, Music
Director Alfred E. Green
Starring Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey
Supporting actors Janet Blair, Paul Whiteman, William Lundigan, Sara Allgood, Arthur Shields, Dave Willock, William Bakewell, James Flavin, Charlie Barnet, Bob Eberly, Henry Busse, Helen O'Connell, Mike Pingatore, Art Tatum, Ziggy Elman, Stuart Foster, Ray Bauduc, Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
Studio Reel Enterprises
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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I remember watching this movie as a child at my grandparent's house.

I loved the music. The acting was so-so but let's face it. The Dorsey's are not known as actors.

The premise of the movie is quite believable and the music is so typical of the 40's. I love all the movies from that decade.

It's just a good film. Enjoyable and will leave you with a smile on your face. A far cry from today's horrible and violent films. They don't make them like this any more and they should.

If you get to see it, just sit back and enjoy.
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This is a great movie that actually features the Dorsey's themselves. The movie tells the story of Jimmie and Tommy Dorsey growing up and their start to the music business. The story is good and the music is, of course, great. My only complaint is that I wish the story would have featured more about their career and less about how the two couldn't get along and so they went their separate ways until their father died when they made up. It's still a good movie and I do recommend it but if you're like me in wanting to learn more about the career you might actually prefer The Glenn Miller story.
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I am a collector of the early movies. The stories and music and acting usually are so much better than the average movie today.

This story of the Dorseys was good. The quality of the picture, however, was as if a Dvd was made off of a VHS. This should not be.

Alan D. Shaffer
Creve Coeur, MO
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Standard kicks against THE FABULOUS DORSEYS are the non-acting skill of its leads, a lack of personal detail (such as the two youngest siblings not getting a mention) and its episodic story. True enough on all three counts, yet I saw this movie recently for the first time and found it thoroughly entertaining.

As depicted here, after years of feuding the Dorsey boys permanently split during a live performance at the Glen Island Casino, when Tommy stormed out due to a beef over tempo. Jimmy kept the Dorsey band, Tommy molded the Joe Haymes unit into his own orchestra (this last detail isn't explained).

After his acrimonous parting with Tommy in 1942 it's no surprise that Frank Sinatra's not included nor is his existence even acknowleged, but why the brothers' mid-20's stint in the California Ramblers gets no mention is curious. Their association with this renowned group of NY studio musicans led to the formation of their own recording outfit, with some of the Ramblers (like legendary bass saxist Adrian Rollini) joining them. Others who worked in-studio with the Dorseys between 1928 and '33: Jack Teagarden (trombone), Mildred Bailey (vocals), Frank Signorelli (piano), Glenn Miller (trombone), Bob Crosby (vocal), Bunny Berigan (trumpet), Johnny Mercer (vocals), Phil Napoleon (trumpet), Joe Venuti (violin) and Stan King (drums).

Regardless of how accurate a bio this is or how unpolished Jimmy and Tommy are as actors, musical performances are what the picture's really about. Jimmy's "Green Eyes," with vocals by Bob Eberly and Helen O'Connell, and Tommy's "Marie," with Stuart Foster taking over for Jack Leonard and everyone shouting refrains behind him, are delightful. Tommy also solos on his signature number, "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You.
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Why spend a moment slogging through this awkward and self-conscious movie? Every now and then, after an hour of tedious plot and amateur acting, we start getting bits and pieces of the big band swing that made Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, separately and together, the great musicians they were. Occasionally -- in a jam session with Art Tatum, with Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra doing "Marie" and, a standout, Jimmy Dorsey and his orchestra fronting Bob Eberle and Helen O'Connell singing "Green Eyes" -- we get a complete song.

Unfortunately, the movie is in the public domain and the DVD transfer is just as bad as the acting. My copy has only four chapter stops. That means you can get arthritis in your fast-forward finger trying to speed through to where the good stuff is. The swamp you're moving through is Hollywood's version of the life and battles of the two Dorseys. Tommy, superb on trombone, and Jimmy, superb on saxophone, usually couldn't stand each other. In 1935 they finally split, with Tommy starting his own orchestra. Each had greater success alone than they had achieved together. They reconciled when their father died in the Forties, which is where the movie ends. They later managed to tolerate each other in the orchestra led by Tommy as the big band era faded out in the Fifties. Tommy died in 1956 at age 51, vomiting in his sleep after booze, pills and a big meal. Jimmy died of cancer at 53 in 1957. Jimmy was hugely talented and, from all accounts, a reasonably easy-going guy. Tommy was hugely talented and, from all accounts, often an overbearing jerk. But good music makes up for a lot of faults, and the Big Band sounds the two created helped define the swing era.
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Having seen both Dorsey Bros. during the great era of the Big Bands, this was interesting.
Of course, I loved the music and "Sing, Sing, Sing" is one of my all time favorites. Was
pleased it was included.
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