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Swing Out the Blues

Swing Out the Blues(1944)

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Ken Stubbs, Biff Bunker, Torchy Martin and Clinker Scofield, four struggling musicians who comprise a band known as The Vagabonds, appear on a people's court radio program that deals with personal problems. To the moderator of the show, Judge Dudley Gordon, the musicians relate the story of their woes with their singer, Rich Cleveland: Unable to find work, the band is suffering financial difficulties when talent agent Dena Marshall hears Rich sing and offers him a job as a solo vocalist. When Rich refuses to break up with the group, Dena, disgusted by his obstinacy, offers them a job performing chamber music at the coming-out party of socialite Penelope Carstairs. Just before the boys arrive at the Carstairs estate, Penelope rejects a marriage proposal from Gregg Talbot, the man her dowdy aunt Amanda has chosen to be her husband. As Rich enters the room, Penny defiantly declares that she will marry the next man who walks in the door. The following morning, Amanda and Gregg learn of Penny's marriage to Rich. In the ensuing argument, Rich misinterprets Penny's reason for marrying him and storms out of the house. Penny follows Rich to New York and moves into his apartment. Soon after, Penny and Rich settle their differences and the band finds financial security performing at Pinelli's restaurant. Dena, who has fallen in love with Rich, determines to break up his marriage, threatening to ruin his career unless he obtains an annulment. When Penny discovers that Rich has been seeing Dena, she confronts him and Rich angrily storms out of the apartment. After quitting Pinelli's, he disappears. Pregnant, Penny stays alone at the apartment, refusing to return home to Amanda. Soon after the birth of Penny's son, Amanda and Gregg come to visit. To add to the confusion, Rich, wearing an RAF uniform, returns and upon seeing his son, reconciles with Penny. Returning to the present, the Vagabonds confide that they dreamed the whole story up to snag a sponsor.