Lively, entertaining reviews of, and essays on, old and newer films and everything relating to them, written by professional author William Schoell.

Thursday, June 16, 2011


HENRY ALDRICH SWINGS IT  (1943). Director: Hugh Bennett. 

"Yes, all men are like children."

Henry Aldrich (Jimmy Lydon) doesn't think much of classical music until he gets a crush on the pretty new music teacher (Marian Hall), who isn't afraid of a little swing. As usual there are serious complications when Henry gets mixed up in the robbery of famous musician Joseph Altman's (Fritz Feld) highly expensive Stradivarius. Girlfriend Phyllis has been replaced by Mimi (Mimi Chandler) but Dizzy (Charles Smith) is still part of the scene, as is grumpy high school principal Bradley (Vaughan Glaser), who hates "boogie woogie." Broadway composer Jule Styne [Funny Girl] contributed the snappy number "Ding Dong Sing a Song" and little Beverly Hudson nearly steals the show as powerhouse singer Margie. Along with some classical numbers, there's a swing version of Chopin! Lydon and Smith are marvelous, and they get fine support from John Litel and Olive Blakeney as Mr. and Mrs. Aldrich.

Verdict: Pleasant and amusing. ***.

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