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Director:
Writers:
Carey Wilson (screenplay) and
Joseph Gollomb (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
18 May 1934 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A homicide detective with an eye for the ladies investigating a murder in Earl Carroll's Vanities allows the music review to continue during the investigation. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
NewsDesk:
(3 articles)
Pre-Code Hollywood 2: Music, Comedy, Action and Adventure
 (From CinemaNerdz. 31 January 2014, 7:40 AM, PST)

The curse of the musical interlude
 (From Shadowlocked. 20 December 2010, 2:33 AM, PST)

Broadway Star Kitty Carlisle Hart Dead at 96
 (From WENN. 19 April 2007)

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Some Songs with a Movie Wrapped Around It See more (25 total) »

Cast

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Carl Brisson ... Eric Lander

Victor McLaglen ... Bill Murdock
Jack Oakie ... Jack Ellery

Kitty Carlisle ... Ann Ware
Dorothy Stickney ... Norma Watson
Gertrude Michael ... Rita Ross
Jessie Ralph ... Mrs. Helene Smith

Charles Middleton ... Homer Boothby (as Charles B. Middleton)
Gail Patrick ... Sadie Evans

Donald Meek ... Dr. Saunders
Toby Wing ... Nancy

Duke Ellington ... Himself (as Duke Ellington's Orchestra)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernestine Anderson ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Lona Andre ... Lona - Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
William Arnold ... Treasurer (uncredited)

Lucille Ball ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Lucille Battle ... Black Dancer in Ebony Rhapsody number (uncredited)
Betty Bethune ... Fat Charwoman (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Policeman (uncredited)
Mildred Boyd ... Black Dancer in Duke Ellington's Ebony Rhapsody (uncredited)
Marion Callahan ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Nancy Caswell ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Juanita Clay ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Roy Crane ... Assistant Stage Manager (uncredited)
Helen Curtis ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Virginia Davis ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Dorothy Dawes ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Mike Donovan ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Winnie Flint ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Barbara Fritchie ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Nora Gale ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Zumetta Garnett ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Gwenllian Gill ... Gwen - Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Mary Gordon ... Assistant Wardrobe Woman (uncredited)
Mildred Gover ... Pearl (uncredited)
Hal Greene ... Call Boy (uncredited)
Gladys Henderson ... Black Dancer in Duke Ellington's Ebony Rhapsody (uncredited)
Cleo Herndon ... Black Dancer in Duke Ellington's Ebony Rhapsody (uncredited)
Ruth Hilliard ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Otto Hoffman ... Walsh (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Inez Howard ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Billie Huber ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Diane Hunter ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Constance Jordan ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Evelyn Kelly ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
The King's Men ... Lovely One Quartet (uncredited)
Patsy King ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)

Alan Ladd ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Iris Lancaster ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Mitchell Leisen ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Charles McAvoy ... Ben (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Detective (uncredited)
Leda Nicova ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Dave O'Brien ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Ted Oliver ... Murdock's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Wanda Perry ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Esther Pressman ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Arthur Rankin ... Assistant Treasurer (uncredited)
Rita Rober ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Ruth Scott ... Black Dancer in Duke Ellington's Ebony Rhapsody (uncredited)

Ann Sheridan ... Lou - Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Laurie Shevlin ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Teru Shimada ... Koto (uncredited)
Gwynne Shipman ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Carolynne Snowden ... Black Dancer in Duke Ellington's Ebony Rhapsody (uncredited)
Frank Sully ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Colin Tapley ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Anya Taranda ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Beryl Wallace ... Beryl - Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Cecil Weston ... Miss Bernstein (uncredited)
Dorothy White ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Gladys Young ... Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Mitchell Leisen 
 
Writing credits
Carey Wilson (screenplay) and
Joseph Gollomb (screenplay)

Earl Carroll (based upon the play by) and
Rufus King (based upon the play by)

Sam Hellman (dialogue)

Jack Cunningham  uncredited

Produced by
E. Lloyd Sheldon .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Howard Jackson (uncredited)
William E. Lynch (uncredited)
Milan Roder (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Leo Tover 
 
Film Editing by
William Shea (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier (uncredited)
Ernst Fegté (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Earl S. Hayman .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Rudolph G. Kopp .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Larry Ceballos .... dance numbers
LeRoy Prinz .... dance numbers
Mrs. Tom Rooney .... chaperone (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
89 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Many of the Earl Carroll Girls featured in the film were authentic cast members from Carroll's stage show which ran from September 12th to November, 1933, at the New Amsterdam Theatre, and at the Majestic Theatre from November 6th, 1933 to March 10th, 1934. These cast members were brought out to Hollywood from New York especially for this film, and many stayed to pursue film careers.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the body of the woman on the catwalk is turned on her back, you can see the actress' chest rise and fall as she takes a breath.See more »
Quotes:
Rita Ross:[Exit line to Mrs. Smith] Ta, Ta! I'll see you in the chair.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into The Big Broadcast of 1937 (1936)See more »
Soundtrack:
Lovely OneSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Some Songs with a Movie Wrapped Around It, 27 December 2012
Author: evanston_dad from United States

A fast-paced murder mystery set backstage at a performance of Earl Carroll's Vanities.

It's clear the filmmakers' primary motivation was to showcase the Vanities and realized they needed to wrap a movie around it. Far more screen time is given to the lavish musical numbers featuring countless scantily clad women than to the mechanics of the nominal plot, but that's not a criticism. It's rather fascinating to see this unique brand of stage entertainment captured in all its antiquated glory, and honestly the women are more interesting to watch than the story anyway. And though this is mostly a disposable B movie, it really does come alive in a special way during some of the musical moments, and some of the magic of seeing this kind of show performed live is captured on screen.

The cast includes an appealing Kitty Carlisle and a humorous Victor McLaglen, right before he was to win an Oscar for John Ford's "The Informer." Duke Ellington also makes a cameo.

Pretty fun stuff.

Grade: B+

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