Swing it, Professor (March 13, 1937)

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Paula Stone and Pinky Tomlin in Swing it Professor
 

Released on March 3, 1937: Swing band leader Pinky Tomlin is a meek old-fashioned music professor from a small Illinois university goes to New York City and gets involved with Racketeers and Swing Music.

Directed by Marshall Neilan

The Actors: Pinky Tomlin (Professor Artemis J. Roberts), Paula Stone (Teddy Ross), Milburn Stone (Lou Morgan), Mary Kornman (Joan Dennis), Bill Elliott (Randall), Pat Gleason (Toby Brickhead), The Gentle Maniacs (themselves), Four Squires (themselves), Ralph Peters (Beaver), George Cleveland (Dean Wiley), Harry Depp (University Trustee), Harry Semels (Angelo), Four Singing Tramps (themselves), Tom Clark (member of Four Singing Tramps), Paul 'Mousie' Garner (member of The Gentle Maniacs), Richard Hakins (member of The Gentle Maniacs), Fred Harder (member of Four Singing Tramps), Art Moore (member of Four Singing Tramps), Bob Snyder (member of Four Singing Tramps), Sam Wolfe (member of The Gentle Maniacs), George Grandee (dance director)

 

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Swinging with Racketeers

Truman 'Pinky' Tomlin was nicknamed Pinky because of his fair complexion and tendency to sunburn easily. In 1923 at the age of sixteen he took his love of music to the Mississippi River and was given a job on a riverboat out of St. Louis with the Louis Armstrong band. In 1934 he wrote a song called "The Object of my Affection" for his sweetheart Joanne Alcorn, and it became a national hit. He would later marry Joanne and they would raise two children before their death in the late 1980's. In 1937 and 1938 Pinky would star in four musical motion pictures for Melody Pictures, of which this is one. In this story Pinky is a music Professor at rural Brownell University in Illinois and is fired because he refuses to teach the new and wild 'Swing' music, preferring the slow and steady music styles of the past. Out of work he hits the Great Depression tramp trail and winds up in New York City where he becomes involved with rival Racketeers who run swing nightclubs. He is mistaken for a notorious Chicago gangster, 'The Professor,' and the rival racketeer gives him the run of the town because he is in fear of the man. Eventually, after much singing, swinging, dancing and playing, the rival racketeer discovers that the Professor is just a farm hick and not a notorious gangster and will try to kidnap his girl and wipe him out. Of course, Swing wins in the end and the Professor shows the gangster how to really 'swing,' saving the day and rescuing his sweetheart swing singer. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn, put on your poodle skirt and enjoy the show.

Bill Elliot as the rival racketeer
Bill Elliot as the rival racketeer
Bill Elliott as racketeer Randall
Bill Elliott as racketeer Randall
Bill Elliot as Racketeer Randall in his nightclub
Bill Elliot as Racketeer Randall in his nightclub
George Cleveland as Brownell University Dean Wiley
George Cleveland as Brownell University Dean Wiley
George Cleveland in Swing it Professor
George Cleveland in Swing it Professor
Mary Kornman and Pinky Tomlin at Brownell University
Mary Kornman and Pinky Tomlin at Brownell University
Mary Kornman as Joan Dennis
Mary Kornman as Joan Dennis
Milburn Stone, Pat Gleason and Bill Elliott
Milburn Stone, Pat Gleason and Bill Elliott
Milburn Stone and Pat Gleason
Milburn Stone and Pat Gleason
Milburn Stone and Paula Stone
Milburn Stone and Paula Stone
Milburn Stone as racketeer Lou Morgan
Milburn Stone as racketeer Lou Morgan
Pat Gleason as side-kick Toby Brickhead
Pat Gleason as side-kick Toby Brickhead
Pinky Tomlin, Mary Kornman and Paula Stone
Pinky Tomlin, Mary Kornman and Paula Stone
Pinky Tomlin in Swing it Professor
Pinky Tomlin in Swing it Professor
Pinky Tomlin sings to Mary Kornman
Pinky Tomlin sings to Mary Kornman
The Gentle Maniacs in Swing it Professor
The Gentle Maniacs in Swing it Professor