Manhattan Merry-Go-Round (November 27, 1937)
Released on November 27, 1937: A Merry-Go-Round of musical performances by the best nightclub entertainers of 1937 New York City, with an appearance by rookie ball player Joe DiMaggio.
Directed by Charles Reisner
Written by Frank Hummert and Harry Sauber
The Actors: Phil Regan (Jerry Hart), Leo Carrillo (Tony Gordoni), Ann Dvorak (Ann Rogers), Tamara Geva (Charlizzini), James Gleason (Danny the Duck), Ted Lewis and His Orchestra (Themselves), Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra (themselves), Kay Thompson and Her Ensemble (themselves), Joe DiMaggio (himself), Henry Armetta (Spadoni), Luis Alberni (Martinetti), Max Terhune (himself), Smiley Burnette (Frog, accordian player), Louis Prima and His Band (themselves), Gene Autry (Gene Autry), Cab Calloway (himself, orchestra leader), Ted Lewis (himself, orchestra leader), Louis Prima (bandleader), Kay Thompson (herself, singer), Jack Adair (Eddie, Tony's henchman), Dorothy Arnold (dancer), Ralph Blane (Kay Thompson singer), Stanley Blystone (detective), Hal Craig (detective), Gennaro Curci (Michael Angelo, Charlizzini's manager), Virginia Dabney (Danny's wife), Anna Demetrio (Charlizzini's maid), Neal Dodd (minister), Ralph Edwards (radio man), Sam Finn (Speed, Tony's henchman), Al Herman (Blackie, Tony's henchman), Jack Jenney and His Orchestra (themselves), Jack Jenney (himself, orchestra leader), Selmer Jackson (J. Henry Thorne), Eddie Kane (McMurray, nightclub manager), Joe King (Chief of Detectives), The Lathrops (themselves), Whitey's Lindy Hoppers (Lindy Hopper dancers), Hugh Martin (Kay Thompson Ensemble singer), Frankie Marvin (member Gene Autry Band), Nellie V. Nichols (Momma Gordini), Moroni Olsen (Joe Jonathan, Gordoni's lawyer), Bob Perry (Baldy, Tony's henchman), Al Rinker (Kay Thompson Ensemble singer), Rosalean and Seville (dancers), Gertrude Short (Danny's nightclub date), Thelma Wunder (Dorothy)
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The Best of 1937 New York
In 1936 the New York Yankees played without Babe Ruth for the first time in many years, but rookie Joe DiMaggio thrilled the crowds in his first year with the Yankees. In game 2 of the World Series against the New York Giants President Roosevelt was in attendance and watched his amazing catches in centerfield that helped win the game, and passing DiMaggio in his limo as he left the stadium he smiled and gave Joe DiMaggio a crisp salute.
You will not only meet Joe DiMaggio in this movie, but hear him describe his rookie homerun in the 1936 World Series and watch actual film footage of that home run. But the rest of the movie celebrates the best in music and dance from New York City in 1937.
You will see Cab Calloway and his orchestra perform in the famous Cab Calloway's Cottonpicker Club, and Louis Prima and his band, and Gene Autry and his Cowboy Band, and Kay Thompson and Her Ensemble, and Ted Lewis and His Orchestra, and so many more.
Heart-throb singer of 1937 Phil Regan and torch singer Tamara Geva perform, and there is even a skeleton of a story plot to tie in all of the stupendous performances, but the valuable gem in this motion picture is the watching and hearing of some of the greatest musical talents of 1937, as if you were there that year sampling all of the best that New York nightclubs had to offer. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and get ready to tap your feet and enjoy the show.
Cab Calloway and his Orchestra
Gertrude Short and James Gleason
Jack Adair and Phil Regan
James Gleason as henchman Danny the Duck
James Gleason and Selmer Jackson
Kay Thompson Ensemble
Leo Carillo and James Gleason
Leo Carrillo as gangster Tony Gordoni
Leo Carillo and James Gleason
Nellie V. Nichols
Phil Regan and Eddie Kane
Phil Regan and Gene Autry
Tamara Geva sings
Tamara Geva and Phil Regan