Swing Sister Swing


1h 12m 1938

Brief Synopsis

Broadway press agent Nap Sisler (Ken Murray) sees a chance to make a national hit with a new dance, "The Baltimore Bubble", created by Greenvale filling-station attendant Johnny Bennett (Johnny Downs). Nap promotes dance instructor Professor L. Orlando Beebee (Ernest Truex) out of $500 to bring Johnny, his dancing partner Snookie Saunders (Kathryn Kane, formerly known as Katherine "Sugar" Kane but not in this film), and Greenvale grocery clerk and hot trombonist Satchel-Lips Peters (Eddie Quillan) to New York. Introduced at a night club by bandleader Ted Weems, the trio is a hit. The Greenvale trio begin a theatre tour with their dance, now a national sensation. The craze soon dies out and Johnny stays in New York to try for another chance at fame with a dancer, Nona (Edna Sedgwick), while the other two return to Greenvale. The new act soon flops and Johnny returns to Greenvale and is met by Snookie, Satchel-Lips and the town band, who escort him to a new and lavish service station built with the money earned from "The Baltimore Bubble."

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 16, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

Broadway press agent "Nap" Sisler vacations in his home town of Greenvale, Maryland, and discovers a local dance duo, Johnny Bennett and "Snookie" Saunders, and trombone player "Chick" Peters, who have made up a song and dance called the "Baltimore Bubble." Nap makes a deal with Professor L. Orlando Beebee, a dance instructor who can't dance and would rather be a dentist, to pay the kids' way to New York City, in exchange for press that claims the "Baltimore Bubble" was Beebee's invention. The trio first debuts the dance at the Club Royale, where it is a big hit. When students swarm Beebee's dance school, John, Snookie and Chick demand credit for their dance. A week later, they have effected a national dance craze, and soon perform the Bubble on Broadway. They then begin a ten-week national tour, but by the time they reach Los Angeles, the Bubble craze has already died. Chick, who cares for Snookie, returns with her to Greenvale, but she loves Johnny and is brokenhearted when he stays in New York and teams up with chorus girl Nona. Angry at Beebee for "stealing" his song, Johnny attempts to prove he can be a star, but his new dance, the "Bennett Bump," flops when he and Nona debut it at the Club Royale. Nap tells his radio audience the Bump was a success, however, and Snookie and Chick believe Johnny has made it on his own. Johnny returns to Greenvale and finds that Snookie and Chick have purchased and refurbished the old service station where Johnny used to work. Beebee, now a graduate of dentist school, moves to Greenvale with his wife Hyacinth to start a practice. As the town's kids dance at the opening of the gas station, Johnny and Snookie kiss.

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 16, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Film Length
8 reels

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Notes

Although a print of this film was not viewed, the above credits and plot information were taken from a studio cutting continuity and dialogue script. This film was inspired by the "Jitterbug" dance craze of the 1930s. An early Hollywood Reporter production chart lists Frank Jenks and Dorothea Kent in the cast, although they are not listed in the continuity or in reviews.