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Groovie Movie

" Get Off Your Rusty Dusty -- These Hep-Cats sure know how to Jitterbug! ... SOLID!!!"

     This is the Pete Smith Comedy INFORMATIONAL/EDUCATIONAL movie done in the 1940's. A boogie-woogie piano introduces what purports to be a tongue in cheek Jitterbug lesson. It attempts to explain the various aspects of swing but always with a bit of comedy. It's very funny as well as some VERY good dancing. 

* Features:
     This film is totally all Jitterbug/Lindy/West Coast Swing and almost entirely showing dancing. This scene features "Hollywood Style" West Coast Swing / Lindy / Jitterbug ... dance legends such as Jean-Veloz, Lenny Smith, Arthur Walsh and more.

Groovie Movie screen shot1 (Walsh and Veloz) Groovie Movie Group screen shot2 Groovie Movie screen shot3 Groovie Movie screen shot4 Groovie Movie screen Title shot5

More Film Information below



Director | Producer:


1/19/1944 M.G.M. (Western Electric) Will Jason | Pete Smith DVD | VHS | Blu-Ray


Country Made:



10 minutes USA English Black and White


Featured Dancer

Featured Dance

Dance Rating

Dance | Comedy  | Music | Educational
Arthur Walsh | Jean Phelps-Veloz WC Swing | aka Hollywood Style | Lindy Excellent

Known Dancers


Actors / Actresses

Arthur Walsh (w/ Jean)Arthur Walsh ... See Dancers
Betty Lou Walker   Pete Smith (Narrator)
Charles "Chuck/Gossomer" Saggau (w/ Thomas)   Buster Phillips (Piano Player)
Dorothy Ford    
Irene Thomas (w/ Saggau)    
Kay Vaughn - Smith (w/ Lennie)    
Jean Phelps-Veloz    
Lennie Smith (w/ Kay)    

Dances performed in this film

Special Dance Interest

JitterbugLindy Hop n/a Jitterbug
Acrobatic     Vintage West Coast Swing
Comedy Dance     Lindy Hop
Vintage West Coast Swing      

Some Music Titles in Film

Bands / Musicians / Singers

Posters / Lobby Cards

One O'clock Jump (Dorsey) Max Terr (Musical Score) n/a
  Jimmy Dorsey    
  The Ted Duncan Orchestra    

Stage versions of the film

Cast Recording(s) / Soundtracks

Similar Films

Sheet Music Covers

n/a n/a "Marines in the Making" (Pete Smith Specialty) n/a
   "Menu" (Pete Smith Specialty)  
   Radio Hams - Film (Pete Smith Specialty)  
    So You Want To Be a Dectetive - Joe McDoakes  
    Swapping Shoes (Pete Smith Specialty)  
    Swing Rhythm (Pathe)  

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