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 wevl.org. 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 tim@wevl.org. If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Conrad Veidt: More Than Just Your Favorite Nazi

To most Americans, he was the Nazi major shot by Humphrey Bogart in the final scenes of Casablanca; but after reading the brief biography of Conrad Veidt posted on MovieFanFare, you will learn a great deal about this versatile actor and courageous man.  One of the most outspoken critics of the Nazi regime, during the war, Veidt donated almost all of his salary to support the British war effort.  One of his greatest roles was as the murderous sleepwalker (photo) in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920).

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