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Second Chorus DVD
Second Chorus
"Fred's Best Yet! 'Cause He's Got Paulette! "

-- Synopsis: Rivalry of two trumpet players for a girl and a job. Trumpet players Danny (Astaire) and Hank (Merideth) play in trumpet in Danny O’ Neill’ s University Perennials. They vye for the attentions of pretty Ellen Miller (Goddard) and are taken-back when Artie Shaw hires the competent manager Ellen away from their college band. Nominated for 2 Oscars.

* This is a " swing" musical written for Artie Shaw's band with Astaire doing only two scene of his dancing. Mostly Astaire dances solo in this story but does have a good dance with Paulette Goddard to " I Ain't Hep to That Step but I'll Dig It." Hermes Pan and Fred dance together for the first and only time to " Me and the Ghost Upstairs"but was cut from the film.


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1940 English [DVD | VHS]




Paramount Studios Black and White Musical / Romance


Country Made:


84 minutes USA H.C. Potter

Featured Dancer

Featured Dance

Films Dance Rating

Fred Astaire Tap Dance Good

Known Dancers


Actors / Actresses

Fred Astaire Hermes Pan (Dance Director) Adia Kuznetzoff (Boris)
Hermes Pan Edward Paul  (A. Musical Dir.) Burgess Meredith (Hank Taylor)
Paulette Goddard   Charles Butterworth (Lester Chisholm)
    Don Brodie (Desk Clerk)
    Frank Melton (Stu)
    Fred Astaire (Danny O'Neill)
    Jimmy Conlin (Mr. Dunn)
    Joan Barclay (receptionist)
    Hermes Pan (College Clairinetist)
    Marjorie Kane (secretary)
    Michael Visaroff (Sergai)
    Paulette Goddard (Ellen Miller)
    Willa Pearl Curtis (Scrubwoman)

Dances performed in this Film 

Films special dance interest

Ballroom n/a Astaire and Goddard
Jitterbug   Vernacular Jazz Dance

Music Titles in Film

Bands / Musicians / Singers

Sheet Music Covers

I Ain't Hep to That Step but I'll Dig It Artie Shaw and his Band n/a
Concerto For Clarinet Billy Butterfield  
Love Of My Life Bobby Hackett (dub/ Fred)  
Me and the Ghost Upstairs Perry Botkin Sr.  
Poor Mr. Chisholm (Hoedown...)    

Similar Films

Stage versions of the film

Cast Recordings / Soundtracks 

Carefree (F& G) n/a n/a
Damsel In Distress (w/ Fontaine)    
Dancing Lady (w/ Crawford)    
Flying Down To Rio (F& G)    
Follow the Fleet (F& G)    
Roberta (F& G)    
Shall We Dance (F& G)    
Swing Time (F& G)    
Top Hat (F& G)    
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