Second Chorus (DVD)

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Description

Two talented trumpeters (Fred Astaire and Burgess Meredith) are on the brink of graduating when they meet Ellen, a beautiful young student (Paulette Goddard). They ask her to manage their band, but their collaboration ends when the boys leave college. Ellen, meanwhile, has started to manage another successful band, and so tries to use her new contacts to help the boys break into showbiz.

Product Details

Barcode
5019322326236
Department
Movies & TV
Released
10 Jan 2011
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Musicals
Region
Region 2
Language
English
Studio
Simply Home Entertainment
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
  • Scene Access
Runtime
84 min
Age Restriction
U
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Second Chorus
Release Year
1940
Language
English
Color
B&W
Categories
Musical & Performing Arts / Musicals / Campus Life / Love Triangle / Romance
Synopsis
Director H.C. Potter keeps the pacing snappy in this musical comedy about two trumpet-playing buddies competing for gigs and for the heart of their lovely manager, Ellen Miller (Paulette Goddard). When Ellen gets hired and moves away, the two decide to leave their college campus and follow her to New York. Once there, they have numerous misadventures while auditioning for a spot in conductor Artie Shaw's band. Artie Shaw confidently plays himself, and Fred Astaire and Charles Butterworth are both sweet and funny as Danny and Hank, the feuding friends. Some of the film's notable songs include "Would You Like to Be the Love of My Life," "Poor Mr. Chisholm," and "Swing Concerto." Paulette Goddard and Fred Astaire have one breezy accomplished dance number in the film, which was shot in one take under protest from Goddard, who swore after hours of tutoring from the master that she just couldn't dance. The rest of the numbers are danced solo by Mr. Astaire who is a joy to watch.
Notes
Filmed on location at a college in Los Angeles, California.

Theatrical Release : January 3, 1941

LOVE OF MY LIFE was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Song.
Cast & Crew
Director
Ben Hecht / H.C. Potter
Star
Fred Astaire / Charles Butterworth / Jimmy Conlin / Paulette Goddard / Adia Kuznetzoff / Frank Melton / Burgess Meredith / Artie Shaw
Screenwriter
Ian McLellan Hunter
Producer
Boris Morros / Robert Stillman
Music
Artie Shaw
Writer
Frank Cavett / Johnny Mercer / Elaine Ryan