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Students who were in the college band together go searching for a job and end up in Artie Shaw's band. In only his second film after ending his legendary partnership with Ginger Rogers in 1939, Fred Astaire returned to the screen in the frothy big band musical Second Chorus. Excited about the opportunity to work with legendary big band leader Artie Shaw, Fred signed on for this romp co-starring Burgess Meredith and a winning Paulette Goddard. Shenanigans abound: Fred and Burgess play friendly rivals, musicians who purposely flunk their college courses in order to maintain lucrative jobs as college band leaders, but the real attraction, of course, lies in Fred's musical numbers. With lyrics by the legendary Johnny Mercer ("Dream", "Moon River") and music by both Hal Borne (Astaire's rehearsal pianist) and Artie Shaw, Second Chorus received Academy Award nominations for Best Song ("Would You Like to Be the Love of My Life?") and Best Score. But it's the film's terrific final number, "Poor Mr. Chisholm", that's the real award winner, with Fred whirling through an all-stops-out sensational tap while simultaneously conducting Artie Shaw's top of the line big band-proof yet again of Astaire's unquestioned status as the greatest dancer in Hollywood history.

Product Details

Barcode
851169003155
Department
Movies & TV
Released
14 May 2013
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Comedy
Sub-genre
Musicals
Region
Region A
Studio
Film Chest Company
Runtime
234 min
Age Restriction
NR
Supply Source
USA

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.
Release Notes
DVD Features:
  • Keep Case
  • Full Frame - 1.33
Audio:
  • (unspecified) - English
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