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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Once again, The Hollywood Revue has reviewed another of my favorite movies, The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934). Aside from Leslie Howard in the title role, the film stars Merle Oberon and Raymond Massey. Best remembered as playing Ashley Wilkes in Gone With The Wind, Howard is (in my opinion) much better as a English aristocrat than a Southern gentleman. Massey plays Citizen Chauvelin, an agent of the French government who pursues the Pimpernel; and who becomes one of those cold-blooded but charming villains that you start to respect during the film.