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Second Chorus

Second Chorus

H C Potter (1940)

81min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Playing an undergraduate at the age of 41, Fred Astaire considered this the worst film he ever made. But an off-form Fred is still worth watching, even though his dancing style is undeniably cramped by Paulette Goddard, who is the subject of his romantic rivalry with Burgess Meredith. Off-screen, Goddard (who was then Mrs Charlie Chaplin) was seeing quite a lot of Meredith, whom she married in 1942. Artie Shaw earned an Oscar nomination for best score and shared another with Johnny Mercer for the song Love of My Life. And before you ask, Astaire and Meredith didn't blow their own trumpets.

Summary

Layabout music students deliberately fail their exams in order to stay in college and avoid settling for a nine-to-five existence. They are finally tempted to join the outside world as they compete for the attention of their band manager, who gets a prestigious job with jazz bandleader Artie Shaw. Comedy, starring Fred Astaire, Burgess Meredith and Paulette Goddard, with Shaw playing himself.

Cast & Crew

Danny O'Neill Fred Astaire
Ellen Miller Paulette Goddard
Hank Taylor Burgess Meredith
Mr Chisholm Charles Butterworth
Artie Shaw and His Band Artie Shaw
Stu Frank Melton
Mr Dunn Jimmy Conlin
Boris Adia Kuznetzoff
Sergai Michael Visaroff
Director H C Potter
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service Ltd Available on: Available on video and DVD

Comedy

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