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.

Thursday, December 13, 2012


The Hollywood Revue has done another review of one of my favorite movies:  Raffles.  The ever smooth and well-spoken Ronald Coleman plays Raffles, a professional cricket player and "amateur cracksman" (i.e. burglar/safecracker), who tries to go straight for the sake of his new love, but who plans one last jewelry heist to help his desparate friend.  As THR notes, Coleman wraps up everything in one neatly tied silk bow (SPOILER ALERT):
When Crawshaw [bad guy] finally shows up, ready to kill, Raffles is so smooth that he manages to talk him down, return the necklace to the Melrose family, collect the reward money, confess to being the Amateur Cracksman, and escape to run off to Paris with Gwen.

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