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The Fabulous Dorseys

Released Feb 21, 1947 1h 28m Musical List
Reviews 28% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Growing up in a coal-mining community in Philadelphia, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey (playing themselves) are encouraged by their father, Thomas (Arthur Shields), to study music. The highly competitive siblings are soon playing with their father's band. As grown men, the Dorseys begin touring with their own ensemble, with childhood friend Jane Howard (Janet Blair) on vocals. Despite their rising success, the bickering brothers have a falling out, and Jane schemes to reconcile them. Read More Read Less

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steve d A complete self-aggrandizing misfire. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member random julesy background pic thanks to amazon prime while certainly dated and never great this bio pic of the always great musically Dorsey Brothers is worth a turn on viewing esp if you like the music or have things to do in the foreground the kind of movie i may have looked at with my grandfather if streaming existed when he did with the legendary jazz band brothers playing themselves, this often maudlin sometimes dull sometimes witty fun picture always has great music and more certainly a worse way to spend less than 2 hours if ya ask julesy and the hobbit den kitties Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member I know next to nothing about the Dorseys, but I still enjoyed this movie. I did feel like it started to drag a little by about halfway through, but the characters were enough to keep me watching. Probably not one of my favorite classics, but it's worth sitting through. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Nice biography of musicians that allows the music to speak for itself in various interlude moments. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member It?s worth watching for the music alone, and the historical appearances of many of the popular swing stars of the time. The screenplay isn?t great, and it does lean toward melodrama. As for the performances, a bit uneven there. Sara Allgood does a fine job as the Dorsey?s mother. It?s best to ignore the negatives and focus on the great score and the slice of history this film is. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member 62/100. It's worth watching for the music alone, and the historical appearances of many of the popular swing stars of the time. The screenplay isn't great, and it does lean toward melodrama. As for the performances, a bit uneven there. Sara Allgood does a fine job as the Dorsey's mother. It's best to ignore the negatives and focus on the great score and the slice of history this film is. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Growing up in a coal-mining community in Philadelphia, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey (playing themselves) are encouraged by their father, Thomas (Arthur Shields), to study music. The highly competitive siblings are soon playing with their father's band. As grown men, the Dorseys begin touring with their own ensemble, with childhood friend Jane Howard (Janet Blair) on vocals. Despite their rising success, the bickering brothers have a falling out, and Jane schemes to reconcile them.
Director
Alfred E. Green
Producer
Charles R. Rogers
Screenwriter
Richard English, Art Arthur, Curtis Kenyon
Genre
Musical
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Feb 21, 1947, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 2, 2016
Runtime
1h 28m
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