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You'll Find Out (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Horror, Musical | 22 November 1940 (USA)
The manager of Kay Kyser's band books them for a birthday party bash for an heiress at a spooky mansion, where sinister forces try to kill her.

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Karl Fenninger
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Judge Spencer Mainwaring
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Prince Saliano
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Janis Bellacrest
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Chuck Deems
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Aunt Margo Bellacrest
Joseph Eggenton ...
Jurgen
Kay Kyser Band ...
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Ginny Simms
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M.A. Bogue ...
Ish Kabibble (as Ish Kabibble)
Sully Mason ...
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Kay Kyser and his orchestra are hired to entertain at the birthday party of a young heiress at a creepy old mansion, where they uncover a plot against her life. Who is the villain? The sinister judge? The phony medium? The skeptical psychologist? You'll find out. Written by Anonymous

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A Cold-Shiver MYSTERY With Hot-Rhythm MUSIC! See more »


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The Old Professor  »

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$353,000 (estimated)
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Filmed August 8-October 11 1940, the 7th of 8 features to star Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, and the only time that fellow Hungarians Lugosi and Peter Lorre ever shared the screen. See more »

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When Kay Kyser is in the secret passageway, the lighting changes frequently. See more »

Quotes

Chuck Deems: Oh!
Kay Kyser: What's the matter?
Chuck Deems: Something flew in my eye!
Kay Kyser: I wish it was the plane for Los Angeles.
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"The College of Musical Knowledge" is an on-screen opening acting credit, but its members are the studio audience, since Kay Kyser refers to them as "students." See more »

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References My Son, My Son! (1940) See more »

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Three Blind Mice
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Traditional children's song
Sung in the "The Bad Humor Man" number
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Three Performances
28 January 2005 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

This may seem like slight entertainment, and of course it is. But I am recommending it as must viewing until I find an earlier example with this structure.

The setup is simple enough: it is explicitly a self-aware movie. In fact Kyser comes on at the end and assures the audience that Lorre, Karloff and Lugosi aren't really murders. Within that are several performances of the band, performances I assume are similar to what they did in non-movie-land. Two performances.

Added to that in a clever way is a third. For this you need some background.

From about 1880 to 1910, many North Americans were spiritualists. Yes, about as many as today call themselves evangelists, the movement that displaced spiritualism. The rapidity of the change is breathtaking in a sociological context and interesting in itself. By the thirties, the "next" generation was making serious fun of spiritualism, usually in terms of uncovering a fake séance.

I've found several earlier fake séance movies, but they are all in the context of detective movies. That's another story all together. Superficially, they look like the fakery in this movie: a secret room, microphones, special effects, gullible participants holding hands.

But this is the first I think that references it as a performance. A lot flows from that tipping point on both sides: movies and the religious show.

Three layered performances, here.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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