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Swingin' Along is a 1961 American comedy film directed by Charles Barton. The film, which was released by 20th Century Fox, marked the final appearance of the comedy team of Tommy Noonan and Peter Marshall. The film focuses on Noonan as a courier who dreams of becoming a songwriter and Marshall as a con artist who wants to enter Noonan’s original composition in a music competition. The film co-stars Barbara Eden and features musical performances by Ray Charles, Bobby Vee and Roger Williams.[1][2]

Swingin' Along
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Directed byCharles Barton
Produced byJack Leewood
Screenplay byJameson Brewer
StarringTommy Noonan
Peter Marshall
Barbara Eden
Carol Christensen
Music byArthur Morton
CinematographyArthur E. Arling
Edited byBetty Steinberg
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • January 1961 (1961-01)
Running time
74 minutes
CountryUnited States

According to Peter Marshall, the film was originally planned under the title Double Trouble and the screenplay was originally written for Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.[3] It was later re-released with the Double Trouble title.



Freddy Merkle never finishes anything. He has a half-done painting, half a sculpture and a sonata he's been composing for quite a while. His girlfriend Ginny encourages him to finish something he starts, but Freddy, a delivery boy, never quite gets around to it.

After an accident in which his bicycle runs into a circus elephant, Freddy runs into Duke, a fast-talking operator who knows of a songwriting contest with a $2,500 first prize. At the coaxing of Duke and Ginny, the song is finally finished, but the sheet music blows away in the wind.

Freddy, forlorn as usual, decides to kill himself, but he can't even get that right. He's at the end of his rope when a kindly priest discovers the song, submits it to the contest and, sure enough, it becomes the winner.


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  1. ^ "Swingin' Along". TV Guide Online. Retrieved 2009-07-12.
  2. ^ "Swingin'Along (1962) Full Synopsis". Turner Classic Movies Database. Retrieved 2009-07-12.
  3. ^ Marshall, Peter, Backstage with the Original Hollywood Square. University of California Press 2002. ISBN 1-55853-980-8, p. 7

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