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 28, 2009

Variety of Classics on TCM

I noticed a nice variety on Turner Classic Movies later this week. I have not seen Fashions of 1934, but anything with William Powell ("Nick Charles" of the Thin Man movies) is definitely worth a look. Alfred Hitchcock and Scarlett O'Hara also rub shoulders on Thursday with Spellbound and Gone with the Wind. Bogie and Bacall do their thing in Dark Passage on Friday, with Cary Grant and Myrna Loy offering a lighter mood afterwards in Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.

All Times Central (Daylight Saving Time)

Thursday, July 30
12:00 AM - Fashions Of 1934 (1934) - A con artist and his beautiful assistant take on the fashion world. Cast: William Powell, Bette Davis, Verree Teasdale. Dir: William Dieterle. BW-78 mins, TV-G

5:00 PM - Spellbound (1945) - A psychiatrist tries to help the man she loves solve a murder buried in his subconscious. Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. BW-111 mins, TV-PG, CC

7:00 PM - Gone With the Wind (1939) - Classic tale of Scarlett O'Hara's battle to save her beloved Tara and find love during the Civil War. Cast: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland. Dir: Victor Fleming. C-233 mins, TV-PG, CC, DVS

Friday, July 31
1:00 PM - Dark Passage (1947) - A man falsely accused of his wife's murder escapes to search for the real killer. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Agnes Moorehead. Dir: Delmer Daves. BW-106 mins, TV-PG, CC, DVS

3:00 PM - Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) - A New York businessman's dream of a country home is shattered when he buys a tumbledown rural shack. Cast: Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Melvyn Douglas. Dir: H.C. Potter. BW-94 mins, TV-G, CC, DVS

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