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Product Details

  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: FB1015
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • UPC: 760137709282
  • Street Date: 12/14/21
  • PreBook Date: 10/26/21
  • Genre: Musical/Broadway
  • Run Time: 88 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1947
  • Region Code: 1
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: NORTH AMERICA
  • Language: English


Cast & Crew

  • Director: Alfred E. Green
  • Director: Alfred E. Green


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The Fabulous Dorseys (1947) [The Film Detective Special Edition]

A snapshot of the days when musicians could really swing!

The Fabulous Dorseys (1947) [The Film Detective Special Edition]
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The Dorsey Brothers portray themselves in this rollicking musical biography. The Fabulous Dorseys follows Tommy and Jimmy from their upbringing in Pennsylvania to their great successes in the music business. Director Alfred E. Green (The Jolson Story) uses the film as a showcase for the tunes that charmed a generation, including 'I'm Getting Sentimental Over You' and 'Tangerine.' Janet Blair (My Sister Eileen) appears with the Dorseys, while jazz buffs will enjoy cameos by Paul Whiteman, Helen O'Connell, and other stars of the day. The film's undeniable highlight is a jam session featuring the Dorseys and piano legend Art Tatum, guaranteed to get your foot tapping!


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Bonus Materials

  • Original Essay by Don Stradley, 'The Dorseys in Film'
  • Full Commentary track by author, Jennifer Churchill
  • 'The Fabulous Forties: Big Bands on Screen,' an original production by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures

Sales Points

  • Both Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey star as themselves.
  • The movie features cameo appearances by other jazz musicians of the period: Paul Whiteman, Charlie Barnet, Henry Busse, Bob Eberly, Helen O'Connell and Art Tatum.
  • 'The Fabulous Dorseys' is a musical comedy based on the lives and careers of Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey.
  • 'The Fabulous Dorseys' was also released under the alternate title 'The Fighting Dorseys'.

Press Quotes

Thanks to great music and great singing 'The Fabulous Dorseys' is still an entertaining movie.


The Fabulous Dorseys is a very quaint film in a lot of ways, but for fans of big band jazz, it’s a treat for the eardrums. And The Film Detective offers a nice presentation with decent extras to go along with it.

     —Tim Salmons, The Digital Bits

This new master puts the others to shame. The picture is sharp and the audio is clear as a bell. This truly is one remarkable restoration.

     —Jason Lockard, Classic Cinema Magazine

The real substance of this movie, however, is the superb music not only of the Dorsey Brothers, whose individual careers flourished anyway regardless of the breakup, but the contribution of many other original performers such as Bandleader Paul Whiteman, and solo instrumental performances by Charlie Barnet, Art Tatum, Henry Busse, Ziggy Elman and Ray Bauduc.

     —Exclusive Magazine

Now The Film Detective didn't just make a beautiful 4k transfer on this Blu-ray, no way. They added some very cool bonus features.

     —Jason Lockard, Classic Cinema Magazine

Grade: film 3 stars; extras 2.75 stars

     —Tom Von Malder, Village Soup


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