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Swing It Professor (1937)

A music professor is fired from his job for not knowing enough about modern "swing" music. He goes to Chicago to learn more about the subject in hopes of getting his job back, but he winds up getting mixed up with gangsters.

Director:

Marshall Neilan

Writers:

Connie Lee (story suggested by), Nicholas T. Barrows (adaptation) (as Nicholas H. Barrows) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pinky Tomlin ... Professor Artemis J. Roberts
Paula Stone ... Teddy Ross
Milburn Stone ... Lou Morgan
Mary Kornman ... Joan Dennis
Bill Elliott ... Randall (as Gordon Elliott)
Pat Gleason Pat Gleason ... Toby Brickhead
The Gentle Maniacs The Gentle Maniacs ... The Gentle Maniacs
Four Squires Four Squires ... The Four Squires
Ralph Peters ... Beaver
George Cleveland ... Dean
Harry Depp Harry Depp ... Trustee
Harry Semels Harry Semels ... Angelo
Four Singing Tramps Four Singing Tramps ... The Four Singing Tramps
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Clark Tom Clark ... Member of Singing Tramps
Paul 'Mousie' Garner ... Member, The Gentlemaniacs
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Storyline

A music professor is fired from his job for not knowing enough about modern "swing" music. He goes to Chicago to learn more about the subject in hopes of getting his job back, but he winds up getting mixed up with gangsters.

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Swing It, Buddy See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A scene with the incubator from this movie was featured on Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK) Episode #7.2, in a game called "Film Dub" dubbed by Greg Proops and Ryan Stiles. See more »

Soundtracks

Sextette
(uncredited)
from "Lucia di Lammermoor"
Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto by Salvatore Cammarano
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At best, a time passer.
23 May 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I've seen a couple of Pinky Tomlin's movies and I must say I don't understand his appeal. On screen, he plays a milquetoast sort of knucklehead and his singing is, at best, fair. Yet, despite this, he made a decent number of films. "Swing It Professor" is about average for one of Tomlin's films.

Professor Artemis Roberts (Tomlin) is dismissed from his college because the board feels his taste in music is too old fashioned and boring. For a while, he's homeless but eventually lands on his feet in grand fashion. A mobster wants to open a nightclub and use the Professor as is proxy...the public face of the place. Oddly, some other mobsters soon think that the Professor is a big-time thug...and they want to be his friends! What's next (apart from TONS of singing and dancing)?

There are some pleasant moments in the story but the film suffers from Tomlin's dull persona as well as too many songs....which tended to disrupt the good parts of the film. Overall, a time passer...not much more.


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