A small town boy prefers playing the trumpet to working.

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Johnnie Davis ...
Bill (Scats) Small
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Jane Mason
Penny Singleton ...
Betty Martin
Donald Briggs ...
Jim Belden
Chester Clute ...
Ed Mason
Frank Orth ...
Sheriff Frank Hinton
Granville Bates ...
Abner Sprague
Spencer Charters ...
Mr. Koeper
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A small town boy prefers playing the trumpet to working.

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8 August 1938 (USA)  »

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Don't Give Up the Ship
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Music by Harry Warren
Played by the band in the park
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A Trumpet and a Toupee
3 April 2015 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Unemployed trumpet tooter Johnnie Davis (as Bill "Scats" Small) hopes for a big win playing the stock market. Perky girlfriend Penny Singleton (as Betty Martin) wishes Mr. Davis would get a real job. Employed bank manager Donald Briggs (as Jim Belden) also desires Ms. Singleton and conspires to keep Davis from getting a job. In one of the film's highlights, Davis interrupts his rival's traditional band with some modern swing-styled playing on his trumpet.

The most popular member of Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians, Davis was a real "swing" record and radio star. Singleton went on to do the "Blondie" movie series. Jack Mower and John Harron are notable bank auditors. Lola Lane seems ill-suited in her subsidiary role. If you take away Davis' trumpet and the toupee worn by Chester Clute (as Edward "Ed" Mason), director William Clemens doesn't have much left.

**** Mr. Chump (8/8/38) William Clemens ~ Johnnie Davis, Penny Singleton, Donald Briggs, Chester Clute


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