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.
|Directed by||Charles Barton|
|Produced by||Jack Leewood|
|Screenplay by||Jameson Brewer|
|Music by||Arthur Morton|
|Cinematography||Arthur E. Arling|
|Edited by||Betty Steinberg|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
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. 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.