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Second Chorus [1940]

Director:H. C. Potter
Writer:Elaine Ryan
Ian McLellan Hunter
Composer:Artie Shaw
Length:84 minutes
(1 hour 24 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:5.8/10
Amazon Rating:3.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: When perennial college students Danny O'Neill and Hank Taylor are forced to make it on their own, the competitive pair get jobs with Artie Shaw's band and reunite with ex-manager Ellen Miller.

Reaction: Cute and interesting. And Man is that Mr. Astaire skinny.

Personal Rating: 6/10

H. C. Potter => Director
Elaine Ryan => Writer
Ian McLellan Hunter => Writer
Artie Shaw => Composer / Himself
Adia Kuznetzoff => Boris (uncredited)
Burgess Meredith => Hank Taylor
Charles Butterworth => Mr. Chisholm
Charles Smith => College Boy with Zinc Oxide on His Nose (uncredited)
Don Brodie => Clerk
Frank Melton => Stu
Fred Astaire => Danny O'Neill
Jimmy Conlin => Mr. Dunn (as Jimmy Conlon)
Joseph Marievsky => Ivan (uncredited)
Lillian Lawrence => Spinster (uncredited)
Marjorie Kane => Secretary
Michael Visaroff => Sergai (uncredited)
Paulette Goddard => Ellen Miller
Willa Pearl Curtis => Scrubwoman

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The trumpet part for Fred Astaire was dubbed by [?] Bobby Hackett and the trumpet part for Burgess Meredith was dubbed by [?] Billy Butterfield.
  • Cut from the movie was Me and the Ghost Upstairs (music by [?] Bernard Hanighen, lyrics by Johnny Mercer), sung by Fred Astaire and danced by him with the film's dance director, [?] Hermes Pan, who was covered by a sheet. The prerecording and rehearsal footage still exist. Mr. Astaire's commercial waxing, initially released by Columbia Records on a single, has been reissued on two import CD box sets: The Centenary Collection from by the British label Castle Pulse, and Songs & Pictures 1928-1944 on EPM Music, a French company.