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Las Vegas Nights (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 28 March 1941 (USA)
A vaudeville act inherits an old, beat-up building and decides to try to turn it into a hip new nightclub.

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Bert Wheeler ...
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Norma Jennings
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Patsy Grant
Lillian Cornell ...
Mildred Jennings
Betty Brewer ...
Katy
Hank Ladd ...
Hank Bevis
Henry Kolker ...
William Stevens Sr.
Francetta Malloy ...
Gloria Stafford
William 'Red' Donahue ...
'Red' Donahue (as Red Donahue)
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Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra ...
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A member of a New York City vaudeville troupe inherits property in Las Vegas and, upon arrival, is thrown in jail for bringing livestock into Nevada without a license. THe livestock consists of a crate of pigeons---trained birds with which one of the girls does her variation of a fan dance. Upon release, they learn the property is a ramshackle building, but decide to make a nightclub out of it. Hitting the jackpot in one of the casinos provides the needed money...but many, many complications ensue. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THEY'RE WILD AND WOOLY! THEY'RE GAY AND GORGEOUS! THEY'RE MAD AND MERRY! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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28 March 1941 (USA)  »

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Canção ao Amanhecer  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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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 »

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Featured in My Music: The Big Band Years (2009) See more »

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That's Southern Hospitality
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Written by Sam Coslow
Performed by Virginia Dale and Bert Wheeler
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Sinatra's (very brief) debut
1 May 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Back in the days when the twenty-something Sinatra was a vocalist with the Tommy Dorsey Band, he made a brief appearance in this musical comedy, singing one of his best-known numbers from the era, 'I'll Never Smile Again'. The song largely is in the background though and Sinatra himself is only on camera for a blink, although historically the appearance is interesting.

Tommy Dorsey's band play several numbers in this fairly entertaining feature, which deals with a vaudeville act who inherit a run-down shack and try to transform it into a night-spot, while fending off the creditors (the oily Hank Ladd). The three girls in the act all have their chance to shine and all have well-defined roles in the back story (perhaps the best known of the three was the popular 1940s singer, Constance Moore, who plays 'lucky' Norma, who snares the rich ranger in a night of gambling). Virginia Dale dances with the pigeons (!) while Lillian Cornell does her high-pitched trilling as Mildred.

Best of all though is Bert Wheeler as Dale's husband and the comic of the act, who gets to sing 'Dolores', that song which rhymes Dolores with Doris, and generally be funny in the rest of the film. I read that he regarded the film as pretty poor, but that could be because it still required him to cavort about like a big kid when he was well into his forties. Still, it is always a pleasure to see him in a movie.

'Las Vegas Nights'/'The Gay City' doesn't get shown much and is rarely mentioned even in connection with Dorsey, but it worth a look if you get the chance.


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