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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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Most of the other Kay Kyser films that were done in the late 30's and early 40's require a significant historical perspective in order to enjoy them. First, in all of them you need to recognize something about Kyser's act itself, in some of them you need to know something about how the film industry figured into building civilian morale during World War II, and in still others you need specific knowledge of how particular stars were viewed by the public at that time so that the parodies that are part of the plot make sense. This one requires the least background knowledge, although you're not going to like this one if you don't enjoy the big bands of the 30's and 40's and the somewhat corny humor - by today's standards - that was part of the act.
This film has Kyser and his band going out to Hollywood to star in a film at the studio's request. Unbelievably, a plot has been picked out ahead of time by the studio without anyone knowing what Kyser looks like. He's been slated as a romantic lead, and the film's producer and the writers are horrified when they see that Kyser is not a classically good-looking guy. Kay has to deal with the fact that his band members seem to be going Hollywood on him, and the producer (Adolphe Menjou) has to find a way to manipulate Kay into wanting out of his movie contract without causing any hard feelings - the studio head is a big Kay Kyser fan. However, Kay turns the tables on Menjou's character quite comically.
Look for a very young Lucille Ball in a small part as Sandra Sand, the actress that has been chosen as the romantic lead for Kyser in his first film. The two are quite hilarious together in Kay's screen test, and Ms. Ball shows us a glimpse of the great comedienne she'll be on TV in the 50's and beyond.
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