Swing Parade of 1946 (1946)

PHIL KARLSON

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1946Monogram Pictures.  Story by , , Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , . Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

is trying to make it in the music business but has hardly gotten anywhere when the landlady of her boarding house tells her she needs to either make up for four months of unpaid rent or get herself another place to live.  She decides to swallow her pride and get a receptionist’s job, but in trying to do so ends up walking into a gig as a singer after accidentally helping a tyrannical landlord serve an eviction notice to the bandleader who has set up shop in his establishment.  That’s the bizarre premise for an incredibly uneven musical that is made unwatchable by terrible writing, awkward direction and questionable performances.  The presence of the Three Stooges and a few charming numbers, including Storm singing “On The Sunny Side Of The Street”, might keep you mildly interested, but otherwise it’s a dud.

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