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Playmates (1941)

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Lulu Monahan (Patsy Kelly), the press agent for John Barrymore (John Barrymore),is attempting to get a sponsor for a radio program. To that end, she and the agent for bandleader Kay Kyser (... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Kay Kyser ...
Ginny Simms ...
Ginny Simms - Band Singer
Grandma Kyser
Lulu Monahan
Peter Lind Hayes ...
Peter Lindsay
Kay Kyser Band ...
Kay Kyser's Band
Harry Babbitt ...
M.A. Bogue ...
Ish Kabibble (as Ish Kabibble)
Sully Mason ...


Lulu Monahan (Patsy Kelly), the press agent for John Barrymore (John Barrymore),is attempting to get a sponsor for a radio program. To that end, she and the agent for bandleader Kay Kyser (Kay Kyser), plant a story that the great Shakespearean actor, over his heartfelt objections, will teach Kyser how to play Shakespeare, which isn't the same as playing Paducah, which soon becomes evident. Highlights are the singing of Ginny Simms and a rumba by Lupe Velez; lowlights already cited. Written by Les Adams <>

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Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

26 December 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dois Romeus Enguiçados  »

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(copyright length) | (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film contains the only screen footage of John Barrymore reciting Hamlet's famous "To be or not to be" soliloquy. See more »


Mrs. Penelope Pennypacker: [to John Barrymore] Do sit down.
Grandma Kyser: My, my! Have an accident?
John Barrymore: No, thanks. I just had one.
[hollers as he sits down]
Mrs. Penelope Pennypacker: Oh, he must have sprained his back! I hope I have some liniments in the house!
Grandma Kyser: Have you ever tried rubbing alcohol?
John Barrymore: Not since prohibition.
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References Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938) See more »


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In the score when Kay exercises
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Swing and Shakespeare; Kyser and Barrymore don't mix.

I would have had a much more positive view of this movie if I didn't know and admire John Barrymore.

On the surface of it, this is as good as any of the rest of Kay Kyser's ouevre. If you like him (he is, admittedly, an acquired taste), you will probably like this movie. Lupe Velez and Patsy Kelly add their talents to the usual mix of corn and Swing supplied by Kay, Harry Babbitt, and Ish Kabibble (the true inventor of the Beatle haircut).

What keeps me from truly enjoying this film is the presence of the great John Barrymore in a role more suited to Edgar Kennedy. In his last screen appearance, Barrymore grimaces and cavorts like a Stooge and is obviously reading his lines from cards because he can't remember them anymore. Whether or not the tears in his eyes and on his cheeks are real as he mumbles through Hamlet's soliloquy one last time, mine were real enough.

If you don't reverence Barrymore, and you are a student of the Kollege of Musical Knowledge, this will be your cup of tea. If either of the above isn't true, give it a miss.

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