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Friday, May 30, 2008

SECOND CHORUS (1940)


Fred Astaire & Burgess Meredith ‘graduate’ out of their college band and vie for a gig with Artie Shaw and his beautiful manager Paulette Goddard in this musical comedy that’s both charmless and tuneless. No wonder Fred contemplated retirement at the time. The shame of it is that the leads seem to be having a swell time (did real-life couple Meredith & Goddard meet up here?) and there’s good rapport in the comic pairing of Astaire & Burgess. Listen up for a rare instance of Fred doing a ‘live’ intro to one of his numbers before the ‘synch-sound’ kicks in. (And dig this crazy Danish poster.)

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