Newly-elected reform Mayor Jones celebrates his victory over the crooked political machine with a party at Earl Carroll's night club. Steve Kalkus, the defeated racketeer-politician, has ...
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Newly-elected reform Mayor Jones celebrates his victory over the crooked political machine with a party at Earl Carroll's night club. Steve Kalkus, the defeated racketeer-politician, has Earl Carroll and several of his acts kidnapped, figuring the kidnapping coup will cause Jones to be laughed out of office. In Carroll's absence his assistant, Ramona Lisa, and his press agent, Barney Nelson put on the show themselves with the remaining talent, the chorus girls and also pressing into the entertainment cigarette girls, cloakroom girls, the doorman and others including oil heiresses Brenda Gusher and Cobina Gusher. Carroll and the other prisoners make their escape when a kidnapped juggling act sends their captors down in a barrage of beer bottles. Written by
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I saw this film last weekend at the Cinemateque in Hollywood. It is a deeply terrible film, yet a wonderful glimpse into some forgotten Hollywood History. Earl Carroll was a guy who ran a chain of Burlesque houses in the thirties rather in the vein of Zigfeld. These clubs (according to the movie) were staffed by great looking dames before you got a great musical review (which in real life apparently featured some mild nudity.
The movie is a musical tribute to the club in Hollywood. Some gangsters have a plot to make Earl Carroll look bad in the eyes of a Mayor's convention who have come to the club to see the show. They kidnap all the headliners and the staff of the club have to go out there and put on a show. Carroll, nobody's actor, appears as himself. They escape in the end and the plot is thwarted. There is a duo of silly, man crazy sisters who are also at the show, perhaps to back Carroll in future projects. Very, very dumb but I can't think of anything else quite like it. It was shown on a double bill with the watershed Rock Film "The Big TNT Show", filmed at the same theater 25 years later.
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