The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Casablanca at the Orpheum - Friday, July 24

I first saw Casablanca at the Orpheum Theatre Summer Movie Series sometime in the mid-1990s. It was only then that I discovered the movie to be the source of so many classic lines referenced in other media: "Round up the usual suspects . . . Here's looking at you, kid . . . Play it, Sam . . . I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here! . . . Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine . . . The problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. . . We'll always have Paris . . . This looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship . . . " You can hear them all again this Friday as the Orpheum continues its tradition of showing Casablanca as part of the Summer Movie Series. Showtime and other information HERE.

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