Second Chorus (1940) – By Jason S. Lockard

My father was a huge fan of musicals and so I was brought up on them. In 1940 after Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers decided to end their onscreen team, Fred went out on his own and starred in Second Chorus. Now thanks to Film Chest Media Group this classic musical has been given the release it deserves.

Second Chorus follows two college students and swing trumpeters Danny O’Neill (Fred Astaire) and Hank Taylor (Burgess Meredith), who keep avoiding graduation so they can continue booking on-campus gigs. When Danny sees an old pal enter with pretty Ellen Miller (Paulette Goddard) under his arm, she instantly falls for Danny, or is their something else she is after? You’ll have to watch the film to find out.

Now Fred himself called Second Chorus his worst film, but that’s putting it up against stiff competition. While the film is flawed, it is filled with great music, comedy and romance. It’s an escape film from a much simpler time in America.

With this release you get both the HD DVD and the Blu-ray disc. This film has been restored to pristine condition. It’s never looked better. Then bonus features include; an audio commentary, a trailer, Spanish subtitles, closed captioning, before and after restoration demo and lastly what I like the collectors poster postcard.

So if you enjoy musicals from yesteryear as much as I do! I highly suggest you head over to and get your copy Fred Astaire in Second Chorus.

Moral Rating: Nothing Offensive
Audience: Family
Genre: Musical
Length: 84 Minutes
Movie Rating: B
DVD Released: 2013
DVD Rating: A+