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A Night at Earl Carroll's (1940)

 |  Musical  |  6 December 1940 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Murray ...
Rose Hobart ...
Cobina Gusher
Blanche Stewart ...
Brenda Gusher
Earl Carroll ...
Earl Carroll
J. Carrol Naish ...
Steve Kalkus
Lela Moore ...
Lela Moore
Jack Norton ...
Alonzo Smith
Russell Hicks ...
Mayor Jones of Hollywood
William B. Davidson ...
Mayor Green of San Bernadino
John Harmon ...
Forbes Murray ...
Mayor Brown of Pasadena
Ralph Emerson ...
Mayor Gray of Bakersfield
Ray Walker ...
Allan Cavan ...
Mayor White of El Centro


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 Les Adams <>

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6 December 1940 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


One Look at You
Lyrics by Ned Washington and Earl Carroll
Music by Victor Young
Copyright 1940 by Paramount Music Corporation
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The Hooters of it's time?
5 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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