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, June 18, 2010

Matinee At The Bijou Online

When I was just reaching my teens, I happened across a TV show on PBS called Matinee At The Bijou.  This show recreated an afternoon at the movies from the 1930s, complete with cartoon, serial and main feature.  I clearly remember sitting at my grandmother's house watching Laurel and Hardy in Saps At Sea on her console TV.  Occasionally, I have sinced wondered what happened to that show.

This morning, while clicking through some blogs, I discovered that Matinee At The Bijou has a new home online as a blog, with links to a viarety of old movie, cartoon and serial resources.  The blogger is not exactly prolific, but there is definitely enough material to make me smile, including this video showing part of the original TV show opening theme, sung by Rudy Vallee no less. 

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