Manhattan Merry-Go-Round (1937)


USA

1937
82 mins.
Black and White
Republic Pictures

A musical revue with an all-star cast that includes Cab Calloway and his Orchestra, Ted Lewis and his Orchestra, Louis Prima and his Band, Gene Autry, and Joe DiMaggio. Manhattan Merry-Go-Round has a storyline about gangsters taking over a radio station. Variety Magazine of the day said, “So much talent and novelty has been compressed within the limits of the film that customers dare not sneeze for fear of missing something.” Don’t blink during the quick Lindy Hop bit to Cab’s music, featuring our favorites, Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers.
Also excerpted in the video compilation Cab Calloway and his Orchestra, 1935-1947.

Dancers:

Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers:

Frankie Manning
Lucille Middleton
George Greenidge
Stumpy ??
Eddie Davis
Mildred Pollard (Sandra Gibson)
Tiny Bunch
Dot Johnson

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