Nicky Nelson is a fast-talking sideshow barker with a wax-and-alive concession on Atlantic City's boardwalk. Even with the band of his friend, struggling musician Gene Krupa, playing on the... See full summary »

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Nicky Nelson is a fast-talking sideshow barker with a wax-and-alive concession on Atlantic City's boardwalk. Even with the band of his friend, struggling musician Gene Krupa, playing on the sidewalk to attract the customers, "The Living Corpse" and other low-rent acts aren't enough to lure the seen-it-all boardwalk strollers, and the landlord closes the show in lieu of never-paid rent. Nicky, always promoting, goes to Stephen Hanratty, head of the pier's Dance Pavilion, to plug Krupa's band as an attraction, but Hanratty won't even listen to them. But, while there, he meets singer Lily Racquel, who knows he is a phoney but might have the ability to to talk a radio-station manager into giving her an audition. She gives him a ring to help finance the project; he promptly loses it in a crap-game. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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It's SWEET! When Bob and Shirley swing the season's big tune hit "The Lady's in Love With You" (original ad) See more »


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When this movie was sold to MCA for TV consumption in 1958, the title was changed to 'Rhythm Romance" to distinguish it from the Billy Wilder classic with Marilyn Monroe. See more »

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Version of Shoot the Works (1934) See more »

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Some Like It Hot
Written by Gene Krupa, Remo Biondi and Frank Loesser
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Dismal early Hope film has Shirley Ross as his singing partner...
16 July 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

BOB HOPE had some weak comedy material in his time but this has got to be one of the worst. At least '39 is the year he also had THE CAT AND THE CANARY which launched his career big time.

Plot is a trifle that has Hope as a down on his luck song composer working at the fairgrounds and finding his luck changes when he meets aspiring singer SHIRLEY ROSS. Ross has a pleasant personality but is pretty bland, serving only to be a foil for Hope's occasional one-liners which have less sting than usual in the trite script.

At least whatever energy the film has is due to GENE KRUPA who gets to beat his drum and lead his band and even has an acting role in this one--but the less said about that the better.

Summing up: As corny and trite as anything Hope ever did at Paramount with only one fairly interesting song getting the spotlight.


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