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.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Maureen O'Hara R.I.P.

Another of the brightest stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood has dimmed.  Maureen O'Hara (born FitzSimons) passed away October 24.  Her first film as Maureen O'Hara was Jamaica Inn (1939).  She was 19.  It was only her third film ever, and it costarred Robert Newton (later Long John Silver of Treasure Island fame), and the man who both picked her for the role and gave her the new name of O'Hara, British actor Charles Laughton.  Here she is The Black Swan (1942).

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