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Carole Lombard: The Brightest Star

Swing High, Swing Low

Carole Lombard plays the long-suffering partner of Fred MacMurray’s trumpet player in this fine comedy drama.

Image from Swing High, Swing Low

USA 1937
Dir Mitchell Leisen
With Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Charles Butterworth, Dorothy Lamour
35mm (Preserved by the Library of Congress)
Certificate PG

Here is another film where we see Lombard play the long-suffering good sport and cool-girl partner to a man who doesn’t quite deserve her. In this comedy drama she falls in love with trumpet player Skid Johnson (MacMurray) when she moves in with him and his eccentric roommate Harry (great character actor Charles Butterworth) in Panama. Their romance, however, is threatened by work, and the arrival of an old flame.


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