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The Fabulous Dorseys (1947)

Approved | | Biography, Music, Romance | 21 February 1947 (USA)
The rise and rise of the Fabulous Dorsey brothers is charted in this whimsical step down memory lane, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey play themselves in this vehicle for their excellent music. From ... See full summary »

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Richard English (original screen play), Art Arthur (original screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Dorsey ... Tommy Dorsey
Jimmy Dorsey ... Jimmy Dorsey
Janet Blair ... Jane Howard
Paul Whiteman ... Paul Whiteman
William Lundigan ... Bob Burton
Sara Allgood ... Mrs. Dorsey
Arthur Shields ... Mr. Dorsey
Dave Willock ... Foggy
William Bakewell ... Eddie
James Flavin ... Gorman
Charlie Barnet ... Charlie Barnet
Bob Eberly ... Bob Eberly
Henry Busse Henry Busse ... Henry Busse
Helen O'Connell Helen O'Connell ... Helen O'Connell
Mike Pingatore Mike Pingatore ... Musician
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The rise and rise of the Fabulous Dorsey brothers is charted in this whimsical step down memory lane, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey play themselves in this vehicle for their excellent music. From being raised by their father who insists on them learning music, to the split that just saw their careers rise even further. Written by Paul Batey <pbatey@laurel.ocs.mq.edu.au>

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The life of two giants of swing-era jazz.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fighting Dorseys See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final film (as cinematographer) of James Van Trees. See more »

Goofs

Although much of the story takes place in the 1920's and 1930's, Jane's fashions, make-up, and hair styles are straight out of the late 1940's when this picture was made. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Dorsey: There is only one thing worse than being Irish, and that's not being Irish.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits appear in the turning pages of a book. See more »

Soundtracks

Marie
(uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
Sung by Stuart Foster
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It's entertaining, a great showcase for the Dorseys' music, but not much else.
31 January 1999 | by mjbrownSee all my reviews

The true story of the rise of jazz/swing bandleaders Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, The Fabulous Dorseys' appeal rests primarily on its basis in reality (the Dorseys portray themselves, in fact) and the many live performances recreated for the film. As for plot, well, it has none to speak of. The supporting cast is ornamental, and character development consists, for all but the last 15 minutes, of little more than establishing that the brothers don't always see eye to eye. Also, the film commands top honors when it comes to abysmal lip-synching and faux piano-playing. Nevertheless, it's clear that the point is to showcase the Dorsey's music and quell any gossip that may have been going around, at the time, about the tension between the Fabulous Dorseys, and on that level, this musical biography is pleasantly entertaining.


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