Swing High, Swing Low (March 12, 1937)
Released on March 12, 1937: Carole Lombard fights to get her man back from Dorothy Lamour in this Oscar Hammerstein drama.
Directed by Mitchell Leisen
Written by Oscar Hammerstein II, George Manker Watters, Arthur Hopkins, Virginia Van Upp, Walter DeLeon and Francis Martin.
The Actors: Carole Lombard (Marguerite 'Maggie' ), Fred MacMurray (Skid Johnson), Charles Butterworth (Harry), Jean Dixon (Ella), Dorothy Lamour (Anita Alvarez), Harvey Stephens (Harvey Howell), Cecil Cunningham (Murphy), Charles Arnt (Georgie Herman), Franklin Pangborn (Henri), Anthony Quinn (The Don), Charles Judels (Tony Morelli), Martha Arcos (girl), William Arnold (croupier), Eumenio Blanco (interpreter), Lee Bowman (El Greco nightclub patron), Spencer Chan (cook), James Conaty (customer at Butch's), Lee Cooley (radio announcer), Gino Corrado (Tony's Italian friend), Jack Daley (dock Policeman), Leyland Hodgson (gambler), Esther Howard (beauty salon customer), Arthur Stuart Hull (booking agent), George W. Jimenez (Justice of the Peace), Darby Jones (black Santa Claus), Donald Kerr (radio technician), Richard Kipling (Army surgeon), Nicholas Kobliansky (gambler), Nick Lukats (man in nightclub), Jerry Mandy (interpreter), Chris-Pin Martin (sleepy servant), Frances Morris (cloakroom attendant), Al Morro (bouncer), Louis Natheaux (gambler), Paul Newlan (Army Lieutenant), Dennis O'Keefe (purser), Ralph Remley (Musselwhite), Cyril Ring (visitor leaving ship), Enrique de Rosas (the judge), Oscar Rudolph (elevator boy), Harry Semels (Chief of Police), George Sorel (manager of the El Greco nightclub), Charles Stevens (Panamanian at cockfight), Frank Whitson (gambler), William Wright (attendant).
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Every time I see a Carole Lombard movie that I haven't seen before I develop an increased respect and admiration for her amazing acting abilities. She invented the dumb blonde screwball comedy genre, but she was much more than a dumb blonde. In this movie, like in her movie Made For Each Other, she can have her audience crying like a baby for her misfortunes. This one will have you smiling at her dumb luck happy journey through life until the day when her world comes crashing down around her.
Jack Canfield, author of 'Chicken Soup for the Soul,' says that the relationship between a man and a woman should be like a balloon and a string. One of the partners should be the balloon . . . always trying to fly higher into new places and experiences, pulling the string along with it. The other partner should be the string . . . tied to the balloon and enjoying the ride to the sky that the balloon provides, but also anchored to a hand or something else in order to keep the pair from escaping their universe entirely. Flying into the sky and being anchored to the earth are both important. Life without either is not a good life.
Papa would say that a man shouldn't go out chasing gingham when he had silk at home. So when Fred MacMurray and Carole Lombard's characters get married, there should be no reason for sultry Dorothy Lamour to be able to tempt MacMurray away from Lombard, right? Sometimes we men have a way of looking at women that will confuse our judgment, though. Sure, you don't let silk sit at home while you go out with gingham, but sometimes men just don't know silk from gingham. Carol Lombard's character is a bubbly, sweet, cornball, funny girl who cleans the apartment and makes sure that MacMurray gets his proper meals and gets to work on time. And then there is Dorothy Lamour, sexy and sultry showgirl who puts the pizzazz into the evening, and will make certain that a good time is had by all. What fun! Now, which is silk, and which is gingham? Sometimes men honestly cannot decide. We need help. In this movie Fred MacMurray's character is that of the balloon, and he makes the vital mistake of flying with another balloon, Dorothy Lamour, leaving his 'string,' Carole Lombard, at home. Not until he has fallen into the gutter of despair when his 'balloon' life bursts does he realize that his wife, played by Carole Lombard, was the only thing that he really needed. But alas, it may be much too late when he learns that he is nothing without that good woman next to him. Pop your bowl of fluffy white kernel popcorn and drizzle plenty of warm melted butter on it and get ready to laugh . . . till you cry.
|Carole Lombard||Anthony Quinn|
|Arthur Stuart Hull||Carole Lombard|
|Carole Lombard and Anthony Quinn||Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray|
|Carole Lombard and Jean Dixon||Carole Lombard|
|Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray||Cecil Cunningham|
|Charles Butterworth||Charles Butterworth|
|Charles Butterworth and Carole Lombard||Charles Butterworth and Jean Dixon|
|Dorothy Lamour||Dorothy Lamour|
|Esther Howard||Franlin Pangborn and Carole Lombard|
|Fred MacMurray and Carole Lombard||Fred MacMurray and Dorothy Lamour|
|Fred MacMurray and Harvey Stephens||Fred MacMurray|
|Fred MacMurray||Fred MacMurray|
|Harvey Stephens||Jean Dixon and Charles Butterworth|
|Jean Dixon and Franklin Pangborn|