Swing Hostess


Rags-to-riches-to-rags story features Benny Goodman vocalist Martha Tilton as an unemployed big band singer who takes a job as an operator at a jukebox company. After falling in love with a bandleader, she gets a chance to get back in the limelight by singing for his group.

Swing Hostess is a 1944 American musical comedy film directed by Sam Newfield for Producers Releasing Corporation and starring Martha Tilton, Iris Adrian, Charles Collins (actor), Betty Brodel, Cliff Nazarro and Harry Holman.

Plot summary

A down-on-her-luck would-be singer keeps encountering roadblocks on her way to stardom. Judy Alvin (Martha Tilton) has a fine voice but is no match for the politics of a musical producer pushing his girlfriend, the amazingly untalented Phoebe (Betty Brodel, the sister of Joan Leslie) who has obtained employment by using a record of Judy's voice rather than hers.
Living at a theatrical boarding house with a variety of eccentric entertainers, Judy's best friend Marge (Irish Adrian) is determined to find Judy a job to pay her bills that has something, anything, to do with music. A chance encounter with a Rock-Ola 3701 Master gets Judy employment at the company where he duties involve taking telephone calls from patrons of a bar selecting music to hear over loud speakers.


  • Martha Tilton as Judy Alvin
  • Iris Adrian as Marge O'Day
  • Charles Collins (actor) as Benny Jackson
  • Cliff Nazarro as Bobo
  • Harry Holman as Fralick
  • Emmett Lynn as Blodgett
  • Betty Brodel as Phoebe
  • Claire Rochelle as Fralick's Secretary
  • Paul Porcasi as Spumoni
  • Terry Frost (actor) as Hank
  • Philip Van Zandt as Merlini, the Magician
  • Earle Bruce (actor) as Joe Sweeney
  • Bob Gooding as 1st Butch, Speciality Act
  • Walter Pietila as 2nd Butch, Speciality Act
  • Gene Windson as 3rd Butch, Speciality Act
  • Dave White as Chick, Chick and Chuck Dance Team
  • John Evans as Chuck, Chick and Chuck Dance Team


  • Martha Tilton - "Let's Capture That Moment" (Written by Jay Livingston, Ray Evans and Lewis Bellin)
  • Martha Tilton - "Say It With Love" (Written by Jay Livingston, Ray Evans and Lewis Bellin)
  • Betty Brodel - "Say It With Love"
  • Martha Tilton - "I'll Eat My Hat" (Written by Jay Livingston, Ray Evans and Lewis Bellin) Also performed as an instrumental at the Tropics Club
  • Martha Tilton, Iris Adrian, Earle Bruce, and Cliff Nazarro - "Highway Polka" (Written by Jay Livingston, Ray Evans and Lewis Bellin)
  • Martha Tilton - "Got an Invitation" (Written by Jay Livingston, Ray Evans and Lewis Bellin)
  • Martha Tilton - "Music to My Ears" (Written by Jay Livingston, Ray Evans and Lewis Bellin) Also sung twice by Betty Brodel


Category:1944 films
Category:American musical comedy films
Category:1940s romantic drama films
Category:1940s musical comedy films
Category:English-language films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:Films directed by Sam Newfield
Category:Producers Releasing Corporation films
Category:Romantic musical films

Sigmund Neufeld

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