Second Chorus

Second Chorus

Director: Frank Cavett, H.C. Potter Cast: Fred Astaire, Paulette Goddard


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Though not the best of the Fred Astaire musicals, Second Chorus is the most easily accessible thanks to its current public-domain status. Astaire and Burgess Meredith play Danny O'Neill and Hank Taylor, friendly-enemy musicians who after spending seven years in a college band aspire to join the Artie Shaw Orchestra. Danny and Hank also spend a lot of time vying over the attentions of their pretty manager Ellen Miller (Paulette Goddard). While Paulette Goddard later became Mrs. Burgess Meredith in real life, guess who wins her hand in this picture? Charles Butterworth steals the show as Mr. Chisholm, a music-loving eccentric who finances Shaw's "swing concerto" concert at Carnegie Hall. Oh, and Fred Astaire dances, too.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/01/2013
UPC: 0887936957284
Original Release: 1940
Source: Mr Fat - W Video
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:24:00
Sales rank: 65,416

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred Astaire Danny O'Neill
Paulette Goddard Ellen Miller
Charles Butterworth Mr. Chisholm
Burgess Meredith Hank Taylor
Frank Melton Stu
Don Brodie Hotel Clerk
Artie Shaw Himself
Jimmy Conlin Mr. Dunn
Joan Barclay Receptionist
Willa Pearl Curtis Scrubwoman
William Benedict Ticket taker
Ben Hall Western Union boy
Jerry Jerome Tenor Sax Player
Adia Kuznetzoff Boris
Joseph Marievsky Ivan
Hermes Pan College Clarinetist
Michael Visaroff Sergai

Technical Credits
Frank Cavett Director,Screenwriter
H.C. Potter Director
Artie Shaw Score Composer
Fred Astaire Producer
Howard Bristol Set Decoration/Design
Jack Dennis Editor
Ian McLellan Hunter Screenwriter
Boris Leven Production Designer
Boris Levin Art Director
Johnny Mercer Screenwriter
Boris Monroe Producer
Boris Morros Producer
Hermes Pan Choreography
Eddie Paul Musical Direction/Supervision
Elaine Ryan Screenwriter
Theodor Sparkuhl Cinematographer
Robert Stillman Associate Producer
Helen Taylor Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Second Chorus
1. Chapter 1 [1:23:52]

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