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A Night at Earl Carroll's (1940)

Approved | | Musical | 6 December 1940 (USA)
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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Cobina Gusher
Blanche Stewart ...
Brenda Gusher
Earl Carroll ...
Earl Carroll
Lillian Cornell ...
Lillian Cornell
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Steve Kalkus
Lela Moore ...
Lela Moore
Jack Norton ...
Alonzo Smith
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Mayor Jones of Hollywood
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Mayor Green of San Bernadino
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Mayor Brown of Pasadena
Ralph Emerson ...
Mayor Gray of Bakersfield
Allan Cavan ...
Mayor White of El Centro
George McKay ...
Mayor Stokes of San Diego
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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 Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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and Featuring the Most Beautiful Girls in the World

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6 December 1940 (USA)  »

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El rapto de las estrellas  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Myrna Dell. See more »

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Referenced in Arena: The Orson Welles Story (1982) See more »

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Cali-Conga
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Lyrics by Earl Carroll and Dorcas Cochran
Music by Nilo Menendez
Sung by Mary Lou Cook
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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