Swing Parade of 1946 (March 16, 1946)
Released on March 16, 1946: A new nightclub is opening with Gale Storm, Phil Regan and Connee Boswell as singers . . . and The Three Stooges as waiters . . . a good time will be had by all.
Directed by Phil Karlson
Written by Nicholas Ray, Tim Ryan and Edmond Kelso
The Actors: Gale Storm (Carol Lawrence), Phil Regan (Danny Warren), Moe Howard (Moe), Larry Fine (Larry), Curly Howard (Curly), Connee Boswell (herself), Louis Jordan (himself), Will Osborne (himself), Edward Brophy (Moose), Mary Treen (Marie Finch), Russell Hicks (Daniel Warren Sr.), Windy Cook (himself, sound fx mimic), John Eldredge (Bascomb, Warren Sr. aide), Leon Belasco (Pete, nightclub dance coach), The Three Stooges (themselves), The Tympany Five (themselves, Louis Jordan's band), Gloria Anderson (Gloria), Harold Bell (Hal), Mabel Boehlke (Mabel), Jack Boyle (himself), Anne Chedister (Anne), Dorothy Costello (Dorothy), Ruth Costello (Ruth), Nell Craig (unknown), Helene Dicks (Margie), Brownie Dimit (Brownie), Claire Dodson (Claire), Edward Earle (John, Curly's restaurant patron), Rosemary Hagemeyer (Rosemary), Beverly Hawthorne (Beverly Anne), Phyliss Henry (Phyliss), Edna Holland (landlady), Robert Homans (cop), Bettyjo Huston (Bettyjo), Mary Icide (Marie), Wayne Kenworthy (Wayne), Alice Kersten (Alice), Hope Landin (herself), Ruth Lee (unknown), Joanne Lybrook (Joanne), Connie Mack (Connie), Wilbur Mack (businessman), Darlene Ottum (Darlene), Allen Ray (Allen), Tommy Reilly (Sam), Dewey Robinson (burly process server), Wanda Smith (Wanda), Ronald Stanton (Ronny), Alvina Tomin (Alvina), Miriam Vance (Miriam), Emmett Vogan (Moe's restaurant patron)
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After I left college and knew that I did not want to be a preacher like my dad, I got a job in a steel mill in McDonald, Ohio where my two uncles had worked all of their lives. I started in construction labor . . . the unskilled grunt workers for any manual labor that needed done anywhere in the plant. Soon the bricklayers asked if I would become one of their permanent helpers, and I worked for a couple of years with a half dozen brick layers who re-lined the steel rolling furnaces and did any construction brick work in the area. One of them was a jovial fellow named Jimmy D. who went to Las Vegas with his wife at least once a year and met most of the stars of the day, and he also frequented the local summer theater.
Nearby Warren, Ohio is the home of the Packard Brothers and the factory where they built their famous cars, and is home to the Packard Music Hall. In the 1970's at that hall and several others around Ohio, producer John Kenley would bring in a famous star to work with is local group of actors for a summer tour.
One morning Jimmy came to work looking like death warmed over. He explained that he had gone to the Kenley Players show featuring Burt Reynolds the night before, and after the show Jimmy took his wife to the nearby upscale Cafe 422 for a bite to eat. Who should turn up while they were there but Burt Reynolds and a few of the cast members.
Jimmy explained to us that he stayed with a small group of folks drinking the night away with Reynolds, listening to stories about show business. Country-boy me was enthralled at the amazing experiences with movie stars that Jimmy talked about! While I have memories and mental pictures of what those days must have been like for Jimmy, they are only my imagination - there is no film record that I can share with you of those days and the people that brought excitement and entertainment to so many.
If you went back thirty years from then, before I was born, there was no thriving Las Vegas with famous stars performing . . . there was no television filled with the actors, singers, musicians and dancers of the day . . . there were only nightclubs in the largest cities, and only the small part of America that lived in the big cities and had enough money to party the night away ever experience the talents of the best entertainers of that day. But t
Thanks to this movie we get to experience some of the best music, dance and song from the best entertainers of 1946. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn drizzled with warm melted butter, pretend you are living in 1946 and out on the town for an evening of entertainment . . . and enjoy the show!
Connee Boswell singing
Connee Boswell singing Stormy Weather
Curley Howard is waiting on Edward Earle
Edward Brophy and Gale Storm watch Phil Regan singing
Edward Brophy and Phil Regan in Swing Time 1946
Edward Earle tries to order Turkey from Curly Howard
Gale Storm and Edward Brophy watch the show
Gale Storm meets the Three Stooges
Gale Storm, as Carol Lawrence, is trying to get a job as a singer
Gale Storm in Swing Parade of 1946
Gale Storm sings in Swing Parade of 1946
Gale Storm yells at Phil Regan
John Eldredge tries to deliver the court papers
John Eldredge in Swing Parade of 1946
Larry Fine, Curly Howard and Moe Howard in Swing Parade of 1946
Leon Belasco is the dance instructor in Swing Parade of 1946
Louis Jordan singing in Swing Parade of 1946
Louis Jordan and the Tympany Five perform in Swing Parade of 1946
Louis Jordan and his band, the Tympany Five
Louis Jordan singing in 1946
Mary Treen as Marie Finch in Swing Parade of 1946
Moe Howard waits on Emmett Vogan at the new nightclub
Phil Regan and Gale Storm argue as The Three Stooges and Eddward Brophy look on
Phil Regan gets out of a date with Mary Treen
Phil Regan and Will Osborne in Swing Parade of 1946
Phil Regan reherses a song
Phil Regan in Swing Parade of 1946
Phil Regan singing and playing piano on the opening night of the Embassy Club
Phil Regan sings to Gale Storm
Russell Hicks and Mary Treen at the Embassy Club
Russell Hicks as Daniel Warren Sr.
Russell Hicks in Swing Parade of 1946
The Three Stooges in evening wear at the Embassy Club
The Three Stooges in Swing Parade of 1946
Will Osborne and Mary Treen sing to each other
Will Osborne and dancer on stage at the Embassy Club
Windy Cook performs for Edward Brophy