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Second Chorus (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 3 January 1941 (USA)
When perennial college students Danny O'Neill and Hank Taylor are forced to make it on their own, the competitive pair get jobs with Artie Shaw's band and reunite with ex-manager Ellen Miller.


H.C. Potter


Frank Cavett (original story), Elaine Ryan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Danny O'Neill
Paulette Goddard ... Ellen Miller
Artie Shaw ... Self
Charles Butterworth ... Mr. Chisholm
Burgess Meredith ... Hank Taylor
Frank Melton ... Stu
Jimmy Conlin ... Mr. Dunn (as Jimmy Conlon)
Don Brodie ... Clerk
Marjorie Kane ... Secretary
Joan Barclay ... Receptionist
Willa Pearl Curtis Willa Pearl Curtis ... Scrubwoman
Artie Shaw and His Orchestra ... Artie Shaw's Orchestra (as Artie Shaw And His Band)


Danny and Hank are surprised when Artie Shaw hires competent manager Ellen away from their college band. The two trumpet players scheme to get into Shaw's outfit themselves, each trying to trump the other's plays. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Paulette Goddard was in the midst of divorcing Charles Chaplin during filming. When her divorce came through, she later married her co-star Burgess Meredith. See more »


At c.3 minutes Danny's chair suddenly jumps to immediately (and intimately) next to Ellen's left side at the table.. See more »


Danny O'Neill: Listen to this.
[at the piano]
Danny O'Neill: La-da-da-da-da. Da-da, Da-dah...
Hank Taylor: You're gonna like this Chis. This is back to the good earth. Full of sweep! Play that, Danny.
J. Lester Chisholm: I like that. What's it called?
Danny O'Neill: "Hoedown, the Bayou." You hear that? That's New Orleans.
J. Lester Chisholm: I visited there for three weeks. I don't recognize it.
Hank Taylor: You don't?
Danny O'Neill: Why, that's the spirit of New Orleans. I can almost smell the delta.
Hank Taylor: I *can* smell the delta. Can't you smell the delta?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: A UNIVERSITY IN NEW ENGLAND See more »


Poor Mr. Chisholm
Music by Bernard Hanighen
Lyrics Johnny Mercer
Played on piano by Fred Astaire (uncredited)
Sung by Fred Astaire and Burgess Meredith (uncredited)
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14 March 2001 | by clyde6970See all my reviews

Artie Shaw's band adds a little more pop to the music than is found in most Astaire films. I found that the irritating characters that Meredith and Astaire played got in my way of enjoying the usual pleasures of an Astaire movie. I kept wanting somebody to tell Meredith that it's rude to wear a hat indoors. I found the sneaky and mean rascal that Astaire played even more annoying. Not a dog, but a picture I'll not look forward to watching again.

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Release Date:

3 January 1941 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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