Sweet and Low-Down

Sweet and Low-Down is a 1944 film directed by Archie Mayo and starring Benny Goodman and Linda Darnell.[2] The film was a fictionalized version of life with Goodman, his band, and their manager while entertaining at military camps. The song "I'm Making Believe" (lyrics by Mack Gordon; music by James V. Monaco) was nominated for an Academy Award.[3]

For the 1999 Woody Allen film, see Sweet and Lowdown. For the Dave Van Ronk album, see Sweet & Lowdown.
Sweet and Low-Down
Directed byArchie Mayo
Produced byWilliam LeBaron
Written byRichard English
Edward Haldeman
StarringBenny Goodman
Linda Darnell
Jack Oakie
Music byCyril J. Mockridge
CinematographyLucien Ballard
Edited byDorothy Spencer
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
September 21, 1944
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,250,000[1]


A young trombonist lets his newfound success go to his head when he is invited to join the Benny Goodman Orchestra.



Lynn Bari seems to have been typecast by Fox as a big band singer, playing the role in Sun Valley Serenade (1941) and Archie Mayo's Orchestra Wives (1942). Her voice had been dubbed in those films by Pat Friday and in this film, she was dubbed by Lorraine Elliot.[4]


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