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.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fifth Column Mouse

This 1943 short from Warner Bros. was a parable about the failed policy of appeasement before World War II, with a hungry cat symbolizing Hitler.  Watch when the cat rubs the dirt off the window and looks through it, with the clean parts of the window becoming Hitler's trademark hair and mustache.  I also like the nice four-part mouse harmony on "Blues in the Night."  From the Internet Archive, here is Fifth Column Mouse

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