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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Penner ...
Gene Raymond ...
Harry Parke ...
Parky (as Parkyakarkus)
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Mitzi
Victor Moore ...
Oliver
Helen Broderick ...
Pauline
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Dr. Molnac
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Betty
Richard Lane ...
Hotel Manager
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Beggs
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Mrs. Penner
Ann Shoemaker ...
Countess Martos
Betty Jane Rhodes ...
Susan
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Mr. Van Tuyl
Winifred Harris ...
Mrs. Van Tuyl
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Dr. Molnac and his musical troupe; Beggs, the manager; Mitzi Martos, a singer; Mitzi's agent Pauline; society scion Barry Saunders and his "keeper" Oliver Goodwin, are en route to Santa Barbara. Barry falls for Mitzi while trying to loosen her slipper caught between two railroad cars, but she mysteriously leaves before he can learn her name. Barry and Oliver take a suite at the Casa Barbara, where they hire the house detective, Parkyakarkus to find the slipper's owner but he bungles the job. Oliver reminds Barry that he will lose his mother's $3,000,000 inheritance if he weds before the age of thirty. Mitzi and Pauline also register at the hotel, hoping to induce Dr. Molnac, performing there, to give Mitzi an audition. Also arriving are Mitzi's mother, Countess Martos and her wealthy friend Mrs. Penner and her son Joe, and the mothers have intentions of Joe marrying Mitzi. Barry finally meets Mitzi, and proposes marriage at a date three years in the future. To break up the romance, ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The greatest comedy cast ever assembled for one picture!


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The tap shoe sounds don't match up to the tap dancing during the opening number on the train. See more »

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Opening credits swing in and out from one side, as if they were on door-hinges. See more »

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So You Won't Sing
(1937)
Music by Allie Wrubel
Lyrics by Herb Magidson (as Herbert Magidson)
Played on piano and sung by Gene Raymond (uncredited)
Sung also by Harriet Hilliard (uncredited)
Reprised by both at the end
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Worth a look
13 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

This curiosity from RKO manages to build a decent musical comedy out of a featherweight plot and an assortment of performers typically found in supporting roles or doing specialty turns in higher-budgeted films. With no "stars," only one singer and just one dancer, the picture understandably emphasizes comedy. Whether or not the intended comedy is funny depends, as always, on one's personal taste. But here you at least get choices from among players who built careers out of doing one thing well - i.e., well enough to create a following: Joe Penner, Parkyakarkas, Billy Gilbert, Victor Moore, Helen Broderick, Franklin Pangborn, Margaret Dumont. Yes, they're all here. And Ann Miller, in two sizzling tap routines, compensates for the bland leading man and lady (Gene Raymond and Harriet Hilliard), and the second-rate songs. There is so much going on here that you are bound to find something you like.


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