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Trocadero (April 24, 1944)

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Trocadero
 

Released on April 24, 1944: A fictionalized story of how the famous Hollywood Trocadero turned from Speak-Easy to Nightclub after the repeal of Prohibition.

Produced by Walter Colmes

Directed by William Nigh

The Actors:Rosemary Lane (Judy Edwards), Johnny Downs (Johnny Edwards), Ralph Morgan (Sam Wallace), Dick Purcell (Spike Nelson), Sheldon Leonard (talent agent Mickey Jones), Marjorie Manners (Marge Carson), Cliff Nazarro (himself, Cliff Nazarro, singer, double-talk comedian), Erskine Johnson (Himself, Hollywood Columnist), Dave Fleischer (himself, cartoonist), Emmett Vogan (Carson), Charles Calvert (Tony Rocadero), Dewey Robinson (Bullfrog the cook), Ruth Hilliard (cigarette girl Nancy), Eddie Bartell (Master of Ceremonies and Radio Rogue member), Bob Chester (orchestra leader), Matty Malneck (himself, orchestra leader), Gus Arnheim (himself, Gus Arnheim and the Stardusters), Eddie Le Baron (himself, orchestra leader), Wingy Manone (Wingy Manone, orchestra leader), Three Radio Rogues (comedians), Jimmy Hollywood (member of Three Radio Rogues), Dick Carlton (member of Three Radio Rogues), Betty Bradley (member of The Stardusters), Jane Ellison (member of The Stardusters), Ida James (member of The Stardusters), Patricia Kay (member of The Stardusters), The Stardusters (singers/musicians), Bess Flowers (nightclub patron)

 
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Did Ya Ever Hear of Swing?

"Did ya ever hear of Swing?" bandleader Spike Nelson asks the manager of the Trocadero on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. Music has evolved through many genres since the swing era, and swing ended long before I was born, but any time that I am in need of a 'pick-me-up' I listen to the swing band music of Benny Goodman and before long my feet are tapping and I am smiling inside and out. This movie about the famous Trocadero nightclub is 99% fiction, but the people in it are 100% real and genuinely talented performers from the age of Jazz and Swing. The real Tracadero was opened in 1934 on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California when the repeal of Prohibition made alcohol legal again and the secret speak-easies could come out of the shadows and become legal businesses again. From the first day of business it became the place for Hollywood movie stars to visit and enjoy the entertainment, food and beverage, with the added benefit of the publicity from the mentions in the newspaper the next day, as the first owner of the club also owned The Hollywood Reporter newspaper. In August of 1943 orchestra leader Eddie LeBaron and his brother bought the club and within a year this movie was filmed using the real Hollywood gossip columnist, Eddie LeBaron and the musical and comedy talents that were then appearing in the famous nightclub. Thanks to this motion picture, we can experience the same entertainment from the same performers that the movie stars of the day enjoyed as they spent the evening at the Trocadero Night Club. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Bob Chester and his orchestra playing at the Trocadero
Bob Chester and his orchestra playing at the Trocadero
Charles Calvert and Ralph Morgan
Charles Calvert and Ralph Morgan
Charles Calvert
Charles Calvert
Charles Calvert
Charles Calvert
Cliff Nazarro and Dave Fleischer
Cliff Nazarro and Dave Fleischer
Cliff Nazarro and cartoonist Dave Fleischer
Cliff Nazarro and cartoonist Dave Fleischer
Cliff Nazarro performing at the Trocadero
Cliff Nazarro performing at the Trocadero
Cliff Nazarro
Cliff Nazarro
Erskine Johnson
Erskine Johnson
Dave Fleischer
Dave Fleischer
Dewey Robinson
Dewey Robinson
Dick Purcell and Johnny Downs and Marjorie Manners
Dick Purcell and Johnny Downs and Marjorie Manners
Dick Purcell and Rosemary Lane
Dick Purcell and Rosemary Lane
Dick Purcell and Sheldon Leonard
Dick Purcell and Sheldon Leonard
Eddie Bartell and Bob Chester
Eddie Bartell and Bob Chester
Eddie Bartell and Eddie LaBaron
Eddie Bartell and Eddie LaBaron
Eddie Bartel and Eddie LeBaron
Eddie Bartel and Eddie LeBaron
Eddie Le Baron and his orchestra
Eddie Le Baron and his orchestra
newspaper columnist Erskine Johnson
newspaper columnist Erskine Johnson
Ida James
Ida James
Johnny Downs, Rosemary Lane and Ralph Morgan
Johnny Downs, Rosemary Lane and Ralph Morgan
Johnny Downs
Johnny Downs
Marjorie Manners and Emmett Vogan at the Trocadero
Marjorie Manners and Emmett Vogan at the Trocadero
Marjorie Manners dancing with Johnny Downs
Marjorie Manners dancing with Johnny Downs
Marjorie Manners and Rosemary Lane
Marjorie Manners and Rosemary Lane
Marjorie Manners and Emmet Vogan
Marjorie Manners and Emmet Vogan
Marjorie Manners in Trocadero
Marjorie Manners in Trocadero
Ralph Morgan and Charles Calvert
Ralph Morgan and Charles Calvert
Ralph Morgan and Erskine Johnson
Ralph Morgan and Erskine Johnson
Ralph Morgan and Ruth Hilliard
Ralph Morgan and Ruth Hilliard
Ralph Morgan in the Trocadero
Ralph Morgan in the Trocadero
Rosemary Lane and Johnny Downs
Rosemary Lane and Johnny Downs
Rosemary Lane and Ralph Morgan
Rosemary Lane and Ralph Morgan
Rosemary Lane
Rosemary Lane
Rosemary Lane
Rosemary Lane
Ruth Hilliard
Ruth Hilliard
Sheldon Leonard and Dick Purcell
Sheldon Leonard and Dick Purcell
Sheldon Leonard
Sheldon Leonard
The Stardusters
The Stardusters
Wingy Manone and his orchestra
Wingy Manone and his orchestra