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The Fabulous Dorseys1947

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Together and separately, siblings Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey were among the biggest stars of the Big Band era. Multi-instrumentalists, composers and band leaders, they formed their own nationally successful outfit in the late 1920s and then splintered to head individual orchestras as of 1935. Twelve years later, they reunited to play themselves in this loosely factual recounting of their careers. It takes them from early days as a coal miner's sons (amidst plenty of Irish-stereotype blarney) to the heights of dance-band success and the depths of argumentative sibling rivalry. While nobody accused them of being very adept as actors, the Dorseys play plenty of the hits that placed them both among the most consistently chart-topping acts in history. Also playing themselves here are numerous other musical luminaries, including Paul Whiteman, Helen O'Connell and Art Tatum. They remained popular right up to their eerily close-together, too-young deaths in the mid-1950s. Director Alfred E. Green, whose earlier films included the infamously racy pre-code classic BABY FACE, became a specialist in this kind of celebrity biopic after the success of the prior year's THE JOLSON STORY. He'd go on to make THE EDDIE CANTOR STORY and THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY, the latter also starring its real-life subject. - Dennis Harvey

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