Sweet and Low-Down

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Sweet and Low-Down
Directed by Archie Mayo
Produced by William LeBaron
Written byRichard English
Edward Haldeman
Starring Benny Goodman
Linda Darnell
Jack Oakie
Music by Cyril J. Mockridge
Cinematography Lucien Ballard
Edited by Dorothy Spencer
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
September 21, 1944
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,250,000 [1]

Sweet and Low-Down is a 1944 film directed by Archie Mayo and starring Benny Goodman and Linda Darnell. [2] The film was a fictionalized version of life with Goodman, his band, and their manager while entertaining at military camps. The song "I'm Making Believe" (lyrics by Mack Gordon; music by James V. Monaco) was nominated for an Academy Award. [3]



A young trombonist lets his newfound success go to his head when he is invited to join the Benny Goodman Orchestra.



Lynn Bari seems to have been typecast by Fox as a big band singer, playing the role in Sun Valley Serenade (1941) and Archie Mayo's Orchestra Wives (1942). Her voice had been dubbed in those films by Pat Friday, and in this film, she was dubbed by Lorraine Elliot. [4]

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  1. Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century-Fox: A Corporate and Financial History Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 p 220
  2. "AllRovi entry". Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2011-05-21.
  3. "Sweet and Lowdown". Academy Awards Database. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  4. http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/92062/Sweet-and-Low-Down/articles.html