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, July 29, 2020

RIP Olivia de Havilland

olivia-de-havilland-stars-in-princess-orourkeOn July 25, 2020, Dame Olivia de Havilland passed away.  She was always one of my favorite actresses.  At the age of 19, she was cast as the leading lady in only her third film, opposite another newcomer, Errol Flynn.  The name of the movie was Captain Blood.  The rest, as they say, is history.  Above is a shot of her from one of my favorites, Princess O'Rourke, a fun little 1942 wartime comedy with Robert Cummings and Charles Coburn.  Think Roman Holiday, but this time, the leading man gets to marry the princess!  RIP Olivia.  

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