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That's Right - You're Wrong (1939)

Approved | | Music, Comedy | 24 November 1939 (USA)
Radio sensation Kay Kyser and his band are lured to Hollywood to make a movie, but the screenwriters assigned to the project have difficulty tailoring a script to Kyser's persona.



(screen play) (as William Conselman), (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Chuck Deems - the Band Manager
Tom Village - a Screenwriter
Jonathan Forbes
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Dwight Cook - a Screenwriter
Kay Kyser Band ...
Kay Kyser's Band (as Kay Kyser's Band)
Sully Mason ...
M.A. Bogue ...
Ish Kabibble (as Ish Kabibble)


A fictional-story film in which many of the people seen in it are using their real name portraying the character who shows up in this fictional film in a completely fictional-and-staged setting, which means their role name is their own name, and is not any combination of "Self": The fictional J. D. Forbes, head of the (fictional) Four Star Studios in Hollywood, informs his associate producers that business and attendance at Four Star Films has tanked, and changes must be made. J. D. has decided that the movie-going public has to be offered down-to-earth entertainment such as that offered by a band leader named Kay Kyser, who puts on a radio and-live theatre program called "The Kollege of Musical Knowledge," and Forbes dictates to his hirelings to "get me Kay Kyser." When Chuck Deems---a fictional character playing the manager of a 'real' band---gets the studio offer, he and band members Ginny Simms, Sully Mason, Ish Kabiddle, Harry Babbitt and the others are all fired up at the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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'STUDENTS!" Gather 'round for romance, rhythm and roars...in the laugh-swing sensation of the century! See more »


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Release Date:

24 November 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De schrik van Hollywood  »

Box Office


$253,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the movie, Kay Kyser mentions having come from Rocky Mount, North Carolina. That was his real home town, and also the birthplace of modern jazz musician Thelonious Monk. See more »


Grandma: Hang on to your happiness with both hands, dear. You can only be young once.
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Crazy Credits

Listed in the acting credits were "The College of Musical Knowledge", but that referred to Kay Kyser's audience at the radio program, which he called "students." See more »


Referenced in Famous Movie Dogs (1940) See more »


The Little Red Fox (N'Ya N'Ya You Can't Catch Me)
Music by Lew Porter
Lyrics by James V. Kern, Hy Heath, Johnny Lange
Played by the Kay Kyser Band (uncredited) and sung by Ginny Simms (uncredited), Harry Babbitt (uncredited), Sully Mason (uncredited), M.A. Bogue (uncredited) and Kay Kyser (uncredited) at the studio
Reprised on the radio show at the end
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5 September 2003 | by (NORTHRIDGE, CA.) – See all my reviews

THAT'S RIGHT, YOU'RE WRONG is the first Kyser feature (there were 7) and I think his best. The plot is rather formulaic, but with a couple of cute twists. I recently purchased director David Butler's script (I'm a Kyser 'kollector') and followed along as i watched the film. There was a song cut, and dialogue as well. Turns out Louella Parsons and then columnist Ed Sullivan were to be in the film alongside Hedda Hopper, Jimmy Fidler et al. Songs are great, band great, Lucille Ball great. Could be this is a bit corny by today's standards, but who cares? It's a fun, innocent flick that presented all the (then) on-air radio characters of the extremely popular Kyser band- Ish Kabibble, Harry Babbitt, Ginny Simms, and Sully Mason, as well as Kyser, visually for the first time.

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