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Swing High, Swing Low

Released Mar 12, 1937 1h 35m Musical List
Reviews 56% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
Stranded in Panama after falling in with ex-soldier and musician Skid Johnson (Fred MacMurray), American singer Maggie King (Carole Lombard) moves in with Skid and his hypochondriac roommate, Harry (Charles Butterworth). When the penniless Skid pawns his trumpet, Maggie not only gets it back, but also secures a gig for them both at a club. Skid and Maggie soon marry, but after Skid takes a job in New York and gets involved with an old flame, Anita Alvarez (Dorothy Lamour), Maggie is devastated. Read More Read Less

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Fernando F. Croce CinePassion Beautifully affecting Apr 2, 2010 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Any film that has Franklin Pangborn, no matter how little screen time, should have been able to swing more high than low. Rated: C+ Jul 18, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D A mixed bag but the cast does a great job. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/09/24 Full Review Audience Member reminded me of other pix about horn players like 'man with the golden arm' and "young man with a horn" & others Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review kevin w Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl again, roll credits. The charisma of the stars carry the well known story formula and they don't do too badly at all at it. The south of the border setting adds seasoning. And look for Anthony Quinn and Dorothy Lamour in smaller parts before they were big time box office draws. MacMurray played saxophone in his musical youth and so is a natural as a musician. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Not one of Carole Lombard's most popular films, but personally I loved her tender performance and chemistry with Fred McMurray, set against a jazz world backdrop. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member This was a big hit back in 1937 mostly due to the two stars; this remake of the stage hit "Burlesque" seems sappy and melodramatic by today's standards. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member The story has cobwebs on it but Carole and Fred make it far better than it should be. Jean Dixon adds a nice bit of snap in support as well. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Stranded in Panama after falling in with ex-soldier and musician Skid Johnson (Fred MacMurray), American singer Maggie King (Carole Lombard) moves in with Skid and his hypochondriac roommate, Harry (Charles Butterworth). When the penniless Skid pawns his trumpet, Maggie not only gets it back, but also secures a gig for them both at a club. Skid and Maggie soon marry, but after Skid takes a job in New York and gets involved with an old flame, Anita Alvarez (Dorothy Lamour), Maggie is devastated.
Director
Mitch Leisen
Producer
Arthur Hornblow Jr.
Distributor
Paramount Pictures
Production Co
Paramount
Genre
Musical
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Mar 12, 1937, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 11, 2016
Runtime
1h 35m
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