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, August 22, 2012

Behind The Scenes Of Metropolis

And I am not talking about Superman's hangout.  This Metropolis was the 1927 cinematic masterpiece by German director Fritz Lang.  Yes, I know that 1927 was just a little before the Swing Era really began in earnest, but the imagery in Metropolis was an example of Art Deco design that truly flourished in the 1930's.  Besides, it is one of my favorite films, so there!  Paleofuture posted an article from the June 1927 issue of Science and Invention that reveals the science used to produce the film's still impressive special effects.

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