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1h 7m 1943

Film Details

Also Known As
Swing It, Sister
Release Date
Jul 5, 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Location
London, England, Great Britain

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 7m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,063ft (7 reels)

Synopsis

Forced to work in a Piccadilly nightclub, American singer Louise Latimer grows despondent over her lowly position. One night, she attracts the attention of soldier Douglas Heath, whom she scolds for his drunken inattention to her number. Although her current boyfriend, theatrical producer Bert Lawrence, has promised her a big part in a play, Bert now unhappily tells Louise that his boss, E. E. Cartwright, has canceled the original play in favor of a show about aircraft factory workers, and plans to choose the cast from actual factory employees across England. Soon after, actress Emmy Finch reveals that she plans to quit the entertainment business and work in an aircraft factory. Louise, realizing she might have a better chance of procuring a cast position by posing as a factory worker, goes along with Emmy. Once they are trained, they travel to the factory and are assigned to room with an unpleasant young woman named Janie Brooke, whose boyfriend Sam Keats, another factory worker, soon takes up with Emmy. Meanwhile, Douglas is appointed supervisor of the plant, and though he continues to pursue Louise at night, he treats her brusquely at work. Louise is unfriendly to Douglas, but at a fair attended by all the factory workers, he admits that he admires her for helping when she did not have to, and they fall in love. After Cartwright holds his tryouts, and Louise wins a part, Bert proposes to her, but she gently puts him off. Then outside her apartment, Bert encounters Douglas, who informs him that he is engaged to Louise. A wounded Bert tells Douglas that Louise is only concerned with starring on the London stage and that she took the factory job just to participate in the tryouts. Janie overhears their conversation and spreads the story at the factory. When Louise arrives for work, all the workers, including Douglas and Emmy, spurn her, a turn of events that leads Louise to question her values. Later, when Douglas unintentionally causes a work accident, Louise takes the blame and resigns her job. Before she leaves, Emmy scolds her, pointing out that other people sacrificed their careers to help the war effort. But after Douglas confesses that the accident was his fault, he, Sam and Emmy decide to clear Louise's name. They track her down at the nightclub, and there Douglas convinces her to marry him and return to the factory until the war is over.

Film Details

Also Known As
Swing It, Sister
Release Date
Jul 5, 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Location
London, England, Great Britain

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 7m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,063ft (7 reels)

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Notes

The working title of this film was Swing It, Sister. Hollywood Reporter news items noted that British music publisher Jimmy Campbell was hired as musical technical advisor and that British comic Vic Oliver was part of the cast, but Oliver was not in the released film. Although pre-production Hollywood Reporter news items stated that Jack Hylton and his orchestra, Ray Noble and his band and Roger Pryor, leading Manny Harmon's band, all worked on the musical numbers, and that Forman Brown provided some of the music and lyrics, Hylton and Noble were not in the released film and the appearance of Pryor and Harmon's band has not been confirmed. Richard Fraser was borrowed from Warner Bros. and Brenda Joyce from Twentieth Century-Fox for the film. According to other news items in Hollywood Reporter, portions of the film were shot on location in London.