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Melody for Two

Melody for Two(1937)

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The night before he is to open a new club, band leader Tod Weaver fires his arranger Mel Lynch, who has demanded a new contract and a bonus for his arrangements. Tod dislikes Mel because he drinks too much and because he dated singer Gale Starr, who is now Tod's girl friend. Bill Hallam, the club's owner, is worried about opening with no arrangements and begs Mel to come back, but Mel refuses to work with Tod. Gale talks to Mel, offering him the bonus he wants if he will put a different name on the arrangements so that Tod will not realize that he is using Mel's work. Mel agrees, but then tells a reporter the true story. Tod is furious when he reads the papers the next day and quits his job and breaks up with Gale. For breaking his contract, Tod is banned from playing at other clubs. Subsequently, Bill hires Mel to work with Gale, who has taken over the leadership of the band. Realizing that Tod is broke, Gale arranges for him to get a job at a small and unpopular club. Inspired by his girl friend, Camille Casey, a bass player, the club's manager Remorse Rumson suggests that Tod lead a band composed of blonde women. For contrast, they hire a brunette, Lorna Wray, as the singer. Despite the gimmick, the band does not draw crowds, until Exodus Johnson, the janitor, suggests they try playing swing. Soon people are crowding to the club, and when Gale starts losing customers, she starts playing swing as well. Both groups are under consideration for a radio commercial, and for publicity, the sponsor decides to have a battle of the swing bands. Hoping to defeat Tod, Mel takes advantage of Lorna's unrequited love for Tod and gets her so drunk that she misses the audition. When she learns what happened, Gale steps in and sings with Tod's band. The sponsors love them and Camille suggests that they sponsor a program called the Battle of the Bands. After they agree to Camille's plan, Tod and Gale are reunited.