Swing Your Lady

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Swing Your Lady
Swing Your Lady FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRay Enright
Produced bySamuel Bischoff
Written byJoseph Schrank
Maurice Leo
Based onSwing Your Lady
by Kenyon Nicholson (play)
Charles Robinson (play)
StarringHumphrey Bogart
Frank McHugh
Louise Fazenda
Nat Pendleton
Penny Singleton
Allen Jenkins
Ronald Reagan
Music byAdolph Deutsch
CinematographyArthur Edeson
Edited byJack Killifer
Release date
  • January 8, 1938 (1938-01-08)
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited States

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.[1]


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.


Actor/Actress Role
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
Hugh O'Connell Smith
Tommy Bupp Rufe Horn
Sonny Bupp Len Horn (as Sunny Bupp)
Joan Howard Mattie Horn
Sue Moore Mabel
Olin Howland Hotel Proprietor
Sammy White Specialty Dancer


  1. ^ Austin, Wade (1981). "The Real Beverly Hillbillies". The South and Film. University Press of Mississippi. pp. 86–87. ISBN 0-87805-148-1. Retrieved 3 January 2021.

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