|SWING YOUR LADY (director: Roy Enright; screenwriters: based on the play by Kenyon Nicholson and Charles Robinson/Kenyon Nicholson/Joseph Schrank/Maurice Leo; cinematographer: Arthur Edeson; editor: Jack Killifer; music: Adolph Deutsch; cast: Nat Pendleton (Joe "The Wrestling Hercules" Skopapoulous), Humphrey Bogart (Ed Hatch), Allen Jenkins (Shiner Ward), Penny Singleton (Cookie Shannon), Frank McHugh (Popeye Bronson), Louise Fazenda (Sadie Horn), Ronald Reagan (Jack Miller), Joan Howard (Mattie), Frank Weaver (Ollie Davis), Daniel Boone Savage (Noah), Leon Weaver (Waldo), Hugh O'Connell (Smith), June Weaver (Mrs. Davis), Tommy Bupp (Rufe Horn), Sunny Bupp (Len Horn); Runtime: 72; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Samuel Bischoff; Warner Bros.; 1938)|
hillbilly comedy that is embarrassingly bad."
by Dennis Schwartz
filmmaker Roy Enright ("Slim"/"The
Spoilers"/"Montana") directs this amiable but corny
hillbilly comedy that is embarrassingly bad. The
unremarkable minor musical comedy, despite its
lackluster comedy, manages a few laughs in its satire
of wrestlers, city slickers and hillbillies. It's
based on a moderately successful Broadway play by Kenyon
Nicholson and Charles Robinson.
hotel in a small town in the Ozarks, wrestling
promoter Ed Hatch (Humphrey Bogart) and
wrestler Joe Skopapoulos (Nat Pendleton) with the
trainers Shiner Ward (Allen Jenkins) and Popeye
Bronson (Frank McHugh) check in and look for a
wrestling match. There is only one possibility, the
large Sadie (Louise Fazenda),
who is the local blacksmith. After Ed offers her $100
for the gimmick match, she readily agrees.
training Joe meets his opponent and falls madly in
love with her, and refuses to fight her even as she
begs him to because she needs the dough. The slickster
Ed learns that Sadie's feller is a mountain man named
Noah (Daniel Boone Savage)
and arranges a fight between Joe and Noah, with Sadie
marrying the winner. A few complications arise when Ed
fears Joe will win and really marry Sadie, and
arranges for his man to throw the fight. But things
change when it's learned that a Madison Square Garden
fight awaits Joe if he wins and thereby Ed allows him
to. But after the victory, Joe quits wrestling and
remains in town to be with his blacksmith.
president Ronald Reagan has a minor part as a
include: "Mountain Swingeroo," "Hillbilly from
Tenth Avenue" and "Dig Me a Grave in Old
REVIEWED ON 1/6/2015 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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