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Film / Swing Parade of 1946

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Swing Parade of 1946 is a Public Domain musical comedy movie directed by Phil Karlson, starring The Three Stooges and Gail Storm (later of My Little Margie fame).

It tells the story of Carol Lawrence (Storm), a down-on-her-luck fledgling singer. One day, Carol - after several misunderstandings and after kitchen staffers Moe, Larry and Curly vouch for her - lands a job singing in Danny Warren's (Phil Regan) new nightclub. But Danny and his right-hand man, Moose are on the lookout for process servers sent by Danny's father (a newspaper man who considers the nightclub biz beneath Danny and a waste of time), looking to shut the place. Can Danny make a go of the place before his father can having him shut down? Will Danny and Carol act on their attraction to each other?

The movie also features musical numbers by Connee Boswell and the Louis Jordan and Will Osborne orchestras, as well as Storm herself singing "Stormy Weather" and "The Sunny Side of the Street."


It is available in its entirety in various places online and as a RiffTrax download.

Swing Parade of 1946 contains examples of the following tropes.

  • Mistaken for Servant: Carol (while trying to serve Danny with legal papers from his father) is waylaid by Danny's dance director, who thinks she's one of the dance girls.
  • Mistaken for Spies: Moe, Larry and Curly humiliate and eject the senior Mr. Warren after mistaking him for someone trying to serve a dispossession notice.
  • Non-Indicative Title: There is no parade to be found, and most of the music in the movie isn't swing. There is however, a song called "Swing Parade".
  • Poor Communication Kills: Inverted: After the encounter with Danny's dance director, Carol is so flustered and upset, that when she finally gets face to face with Danny, she hands him her own eviction notice, rather than the cease and desist order from his father. But Danny thinks she did it on purpose to try and tug at his heartstrings. In the end, she gets the audition she'd been turned away from earlier (the first time she showed up, Moose thought she was trying to serve the papers she actually did have the second time she showed up).
    • Played straight later, when a process server (let in by Curly) does get to Danny, and mentions that Carol was paid by him to show up when she did. Danny tells her off without letting her explain. And when he's informed how it actually went down with Carol, she runs off without letting him apologize. Or at least she tries: Danny drags her back to the club and Moose keeps her from running off while Danny sings an apology song.
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  • Worf Had the Flu: If Curly's performance seems a bit... off, it's because, at this point, Curly's health was on a downward slope , exacerbated by a stroke he'd had not a year earlier.


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