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Syncopation (1942)

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88 min | Comedy, History, Music

Covering a quarter-century of American 'syncopated" music (Ragtime, Jazz, Swing, Blues, Boogie Woogie)from prior to WWI through prohibition, the stock-market crash, the depression and the outbreak of WWII. A romance between singer Kit ...See moreCovering a quarter-century of American 'syncopated" music (Ragtime, Jazz, Swing, Blues, Boogie Woogie)from prior to WWI through prohibition, the stock-market crash, the depression and the outbreak of WWII. A romance between singer Kit Latimer, from New Orleans, and Johnny Schumacher, in which they share and argue over musical ideas ensues. Prior to the making of the film RKO held a contest for the readers of 'The Saturday Evening Post" to vote on the musicians to make up the All-American Dance Band featured in the film; the magazine's readers chose, in the above-the-title listing: Charlie Barnet, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Jack Jenney. Gene Krupa, Alvino Rey, Joe Venuti, and singer Connee Boswell. Written by Les Adams See less
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Valentine Davies (story) | Philip Yordan (screenplay) | Frank Cavett (screenplay)
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Updated May 22, 1942

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May 22, 1942 (United States)

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88 cast members
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Adolphe Menjou
George Latimer George Latimer   See fewer
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Jackie Cooper
Johnny Schumacher Johnny Schumacher   See fewer
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Bonita Granville
Kit Latimer Kit Latimer   See fewer
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George Bancroft
Steve Porter Steve Porter   See fewer
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Walter Catlett
Spelvin Spelvin   See fewer
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Ted North
Paul Porter Paul Porter   See fewer
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Todd Duncan
Rex Tearbone Rex Tearbone   See fewer
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Connee Boswell
Connee Boswell Connee Boswell   See fewer
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Frank Jenks
Smiley Jackson Smiley Jackson   See fewer
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Jessica Grayson
Ella Tearbone (as Jessie Grayson) Ella Tearbone (as Jessie Grayson)   See fewer
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Mona Barrie
Lillian Lillian   See fewer
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Lindy Wade
Paul Porter - as a Child Paul Porter - as a Child   See fewer
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Peggy McIntyre
Kit Latimer - as a Child Kit Latimer - as a Child   See fewer
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Charlie Barnet
Charlie Barnet Charlie Barnet   See fewer
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Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman Benny Goodman   See fewer
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Harry James
Harry James Harry James   See fewer
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Jack Jenney
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Gene Krupa
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Alvino Rey
Alvino Rey Alvino Rey   See fewer
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Joe Venuti
Joe Venuti Joe Venuti   See fewer
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Hall Johnson Choir
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Armando & Lita
Specialty Dance Act (as Armando and Lita) Specialty Dance Act (as Armando and Lita)   See fewer
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Louis Adlon
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Dancer (uncredited) Dancer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kit's Attorney (uncredited) Kit's Attorney (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.5 / 10 | 136 votes