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.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Topper and Tarzan on TCM

Two classic movies that generated multiple movie and TV sequels air on Turner Classic Movies Sunday and Monday. Billie Burke (the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz) is hilarious in Topper as the title character's slightly spacy spouse, while gorgeous Maureen O'Sullivan establishes herself as the ideal Jane in Tarzan, the Ape Man.

Sunday, July 26 - 9:30 AM
Topper (1937) - A fun-loving couple returns from the dead to help a henpecked husband. Cast: Cary Grant, Constance Bennett, Roland Young. Dir: Norman Z. McLeod. BW-97 mins, TV-G, CC

Monday, July 27 - 5:15 PM
Tarzan, The Ape Man (1932) - A British lord raised by apes kidnaps a beautiful noblewoman exploring Africa with her father. Cast: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, C. Aubrey Smith. Dir: W.S. Van Dyke II. BW-100 mins, TV-G, CC, DVS

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