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Second Chorus (1940)

Front Cover Actor
Fred Astaire Danny O'Neill
Joan Barclay Receptionist
Don Brodie Hotel Clerk
Charles Butterworth Mr. Chisholm
Jimmy Conlin Mr. Dunn
Paulette Goddard Ellen Miller
Frank Melton Stu
Burgess Meredith Hank Taylor
Artie Shaw Himself
Marjorie Kane Whiteman's secretary
Movie Details
Genre Musical
Director H.C. Potter
Producer Boris Morros
Writer Frank Cavett; Elaine Ryan
Studio Allied Artists
Language English
Audience Rating NR (Not Rated)
Running Time 84 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 5.7
Second Chorus has one little gem of a moment that has found its way into many Fred Astaire highlight reels. Astaire sings and taps "I Ain't Hep to That Step but I'll Dig It" then tries to coax Paulette Goddard onto the floor. She declines, twice, then joins him in a joyous dance. The rest of the movie is not as enticing. Astaire and Burgess Meredith portray trumpet players vying for a spot in Artie Shaw's orchestra and for the affections of Goddard. The interplay among the three stars has its charms, and there's plenty of toe-tapping big-band music from Shaw, who plays himself in a substantial part and wrote the Oscar-nominated "Would You Like to Be the Love of My Life" with Johnny Mercer. Filmed in 1940, Second Chorus pales in comparison to the nine-film Astaire-Ginger Rogers partnership that had just ended. Astaire doesn't dance enough, and a tedious subplot involving Charles Butterworth stretches the movie about 15 minutes too long. No great surprise that like Royal Wedding, Second Chorus has slipped into the public domain and is generally available in poor-quality prints. --David Horiuchi
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Fullscreen (4:3)
UPC (Barcode) 086624404134
Release Date 7/12/05
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital Stereo [English]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1

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