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Hitting a New High (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 24 December 1937 (USA)
Lili Pons and Jack Oakie star as a nightclub singer with aspires to be an opera diva and the met star whom she chases all the way to a safari in Africa to make her dreams come true in this wacky musical comedy.

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Suzette, aka Oogahunga, the Bird-Girl
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Jimmy James
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Cedric Cosmo, aka Captain Braceridge Hemingway
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Andreas Mazzini
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Jervons, Blynn's Butler
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Lili Pons and Jack Oakie star as a nightclub singer with aspires to be an opera diva and the met star whom she chases all the way to a safari in Africa to make her dreams come true in this wacky musical comedy.

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De zangvogel van Broadway en Parijs  »

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The film lost considerable money at the box office. Lily Pons never made another non-concert film. See more »

Goofs

A Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo is seen in the African jungle when Oogahunga is found. Later on, Mazzini refers to Oogahunga as an "Egyptian Cockatoo". Cockatoos are native to Australia and some islands to its north, and are not found in Africa. A cockatoo is also seen later in Blynn's house as a pet, but this is not unusual, as cockatoos have been imported to the USA and kept as pets for many years. See more »

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This Never Happened Before
(1937)
Music by Jimmy McHugh (as James McHugh)
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Lily Pons and chorus at the Café Elysée
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nobody combines opera, jazz, & screwball comedy these days
18 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If we substituted similar-looking Eleanor Powell for Lily Pons, this could be an Astaire movie, the look and cast are so familiar. I would say, though, you really have to like opera to sit through so much of it in quite static staging in this movie. The way she used her voice in Africa to sound like a bird was for me the best part and quite remarkable as was the bird on her finger to whom she sang. (The animal wranglers had some real challenges in this production and did an excellent job.)

I was glad to hear the famous opera star but her speaking voice was unpleasant and her persona uninteresting. And it had one of those endings that was so boring I felt they needed a certain number of minutes and then concluded the movie. So on the whole I'd say it's one to watch if you have time to kill and aren't too choosy. I'm giving this an extra star for the music and animals--the parrot in the final scene was far more interesting than what happened to the characters. It isn't particularly witty or engaging or entertaining or...anything. Whatever originality it had vanished after the African adventure. It's just kind of there and most if it might be best enjoyed by using it as background music while you did something else.


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