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Manhattan Merry-Go-Round (aka: Manhattan Music Box)


-- Synopsis:
     Gangsters take control of a record company and use toughguy tactics with any unwilling acts. The crooked record producer manage to round up some interesting " guest stars" to perform for their record company, including Cab Calloway, Louis Prima, Gene Autry and cowboy comedian Max Terhune and even kidnap Joe DiMaggio. Film's Art Direction was nominated for Oscar.

 * Features:
     Typical song and dance film interwoven around a little plot with the exception of the Whitey's Lindy Hoppers performing their famous Lindy Hop routine in this film (at clip counter 0:28:30.)  Cab Calloway does the Jitterbug. Ballet star Tamara Geva plays Madame Charlizzini. Various short clips of acts like a Roller Skating Couple doing tricks. Shot of the Astor Roof Marquee and interior.

Manhattan Merry Go Round - car in front of nightclub Manhattan Merry Go Round Screenshot 2 Cab Calloway does the Jitterbug Tiny Bunch of the Whitey's Lindy Hoppers

    More Film Information below





1937 Republic Pictures Charles " Chuck" Reisner


Country Made:



89 minutes USA English Black and White


Featured Dancer

Featured Dance

Dance Rating

Comedy / Music
Whitey's Lindy Hoppers Lindy Hop Very Good

Known Dancers


Actors / Actresses

Dorothy Arnold Alberto Colombo (musical director) Ann Dvorak (Ann Rogers)
Dot Johnson (Whitey's)   Henry Armetta
Eddie Davis (Whitey's)   Jack Adair
Frankie Manning (Whitey's)   James Gleason (Danny The Duck)
George Greenidge (Whitey's)   Leo Carrillo (Tony Gordoni)
Lathrops, the ?   Luis Alberni
Lucille Middleton (Whitey's)   Phil Regan (Jerry Hart)  
Mildred Pollard (Whitey's)   Selmer Jackson
Rosalean and Seville   Tamara Geva (Madame Charlizzini)
Stumpy (Whitey's)    
Tamara Geva    
Tiny Bunch (Whitey's)    
Whitey's Lindy Hoppers    

Dances performed in this film

Special Dance Interest

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    Whitey's Lindy Hoppers
    Roller Skate dancing

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Bands | Musicians | Singers

Posters | Lobby Cards

All Over Nothing at All Cab Calloway $ Manhattan Merry Go-Round Poster
Have You Ever Been Lonely Joe DiMaggio    
Have You Ever Been To Heaven Jack Jenny and His Orchestra    
I Owe You Kay Thompson    
It's Round Up Time in Reno Louis Prima    
Mama, I Wanna Make Rhythm Ted Lewis    
Manhattan Merry-Go-Round Gene Autry    
When My Baby Smiles At Me Smiley Burnette    

Manhattan Merry Go Round Poster 1 Manhattan Merry go-Round Lobby Card 4 Manhattan Merry Go Round Lobby Card 3 Mnahattan Merry Go Round 2

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