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  • I was surprised that his funny scenes were as funny as they were
  • In the style of Hope and Crosby, this movie has a happy ending, and it never really was a surprise who would end up with it

    • by Orrymain
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      From 1940, Second Chorus is a cute little musical interlude that is essentially two boys at play. The two boys are Danny O’Neill and Hank Taylor. From the opening scene to the end, these two fellas try to constantly outdo each other, in jobs and with the girl they both like.

      Opening the movie, we’re supposed to believe that these two are career college students, purposely not passing. They set


      each other up, though, and booth end up looking for real work.

      This is when they come in contact with Ellen Miller, the object of their affection. From this point, it’s just a game more than anything else.

      Starring as Danny is Fred Astaire. This role wasn’t a challenge for him. His character was very swift, a singer and dancer, of course, and he was much smarter than he let on.

      A ...


      • little less smooth but every bit as canny was Burgess Meredith as Hank. I was surprised that his funny scenes were as funny as they were. There was something shifty about him that worked here.

        In the middle of the two men was Paulette Goddard as Ellen. She mostly giggled and snickered her way through, watching as the men pulled off their antics.

        I did laugh early on at a moment when

        Astaire leaps with ease over a swinging door and then Meredith acts like he’s going to, but walks through it.

        The songs are good enough, and Artie Shaw’s band is very entertaining to listen to. Shaw has a decent part in this story, playing himself, naturally.

        In the style of Hope and Crosby, this movie has a happy ending, and it never really was a surprise who would end up with it. It was enjoyable.




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