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Short – “Swing You Sinners!” (1930) Review, with Bimbo

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Released by Paramount | Directed By Dave Fleischer

Swing You Sinners: Death Becomes Him

In case you miss it at the beginning, two men animated “Swing You Sinners”, Ted Sears and Willard Bowsky. Two.

This is worth pointing out because the short is eight minutes long and contains more imagination than features ten times its length. Or, as in modern blockbusters starring CGI trees, 20. The plot is simple enough: Bimbo tries to catch a chicken for dinner and instead lands a police officer. Escaping him, he ends up in a cemetery where all sorts of unearthly horrors await.

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The momentary lynching imagery in the short is messed up, too.

There’s no dialogue for most of it, relying on instruments and the song to carry most of the action. Fleischer, Sears and Bowsky use it as a clothesline to hang as many blackly comic bits on it as they can, from the tree slapping Bimbo on the rear to a barn coming to life and chasing him down a pathway to hell.

It’s a fun, visceral treat, and a good precursor to the jazzier, more polished “Minnie the Moocher.” But polish isn’t everything.

Awards, Accolades & Availability

  • This film is available on YouTube.

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