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.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

R.I.P. Cheetah

One of the chimpanzees who played "Cheetah" in some of the Tarzan movies of the 1930s died on Saturday at the unbelievable (for a chimp) age of 80.  The Tampa Tribune reported that the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Florida received Cheetah around 1960 from the estate of Johnny Weissmuller, who played the title role in the Tarzan franchise from 1932 well into the 1940s.  There is little doubt that, throughout the run of those movies, the studios used more than one chimp to play the role of Cheetah.  According to the article, this Cheetah starred in some of the earliest Tarzan movies like Tarzan The Ape Man and Tarzan and His Mate alongside Weissmuller and the original "Jane," Maureen O'Sullivan. 

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