Swing Your Lady
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|Swing Your Lady|
|Directed by||Ray Enright|
|Produced by||Samuel Bischoff|
|Written by||Joseph Schrank|
|Based on||Swing Your Lady|
by Kenyon Nicholson (play)
Charles Robinson (play)
|Music by||Adolph Deutsch|
|Edited by||Jack Killifer|
Swing Your Lady is a 1938 country musical comedy film directed by Ray Enright, starring Humphrey Bogart, Frank McHugh, and Louise Fazenda. Also featured in the cast is Ronald Reagan in one of his early roles.
Bogart was apparently becoming very disenchanted with the film roles that Warner Bros. was offering him at this stage of his career; the following year he appeared in his only horror/sci-fi film, The Return of Doctor X, and these were two roles he never liked talking about when he became a major film star several years later; he considered his performance in Swing Your Lady the worst of his career. Swing Your Lady was listed in the 1978 book The Fifty Worst Films of All Time.
Swing Your Lady features the first film performance by the vaudeville comedy troupe the Weaver Brothers and Elviry. Following this performance, the trio was picked up by Republic Pictures for a series of comedy films.
Promoter Ed Hatch comes to the Ozarks with his slow-witted wrestler Joe Skopapoulos whom he pits against a hillbilly Amazon blacksmith, Sadie Horn. Joe falls in love with her and won't fight, at least not until Sadie's beau, Noah, shows up.
|Humphrey Bogart||Ed Hatch|
|Frank McHugh||Popeye Bronson|
|Louise Fazenda||Sadie Horn|
|Nat Pendleton||Joe Skopapolous|
|Penny Singleton||Cookie Shannon|
|Allen Jenkins||Shiner Ward|
|Leon Weaver||Waldo Davis|
|Frank Weaver||Ollie Davis|
|June Weaver||Mrs. Davis (as Elviry Weaver)|
|Ronald Reagan||Jack Miller|
|Daniel Boone Savage||Noah Webster|
|Tommy Bupp||Rufe Horn|
|Sonny Bupp||Len Horn (as Sunny Bupp)|
|Joan Howard||Mattie Horn|
|Olin Howland||Hotel Proprietor|
|Sammy White||Specialty Dancer|