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Zis Boom Bah (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 7 November 1941 (USA)
"Hey, kids, let's get together and put on a show!" That's the idea behind this raucous spoof about a vaudeville performer who goes to college to spy on her bratty son.



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Cast overview:
Grace Hayes
Peter Kendricks
Mary Healy
Skeets Skillhorn
Frank Elliott ...
Mr. Kendricks (as Frank Elliot)
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ...
Proffessor Warren (as Skeets Gallegher)
Nick (as Benny Ruben)
Eddie Kane ...
James J. Kane (as Ed Kane)
Leonard Sues ...
Roland Dupree ...
Pee Wee


"Hey, kids, let's get together and put on a show!" That's the idea behind this raucous spoof about a vaudeville performer who goes to college to spy on her bratty son. Written by Alessandro Martini <alemartini@geocities.com>

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Comedy | Music | Romance


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7 November 1941 (USA)  »

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College Days  »

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In 1939, Mary Healy at age 21 met vaudeville-trained 24 year old Peter Lind Hayes performing with his vaudevillian mother Grace Hayes at a North Hollywood nightclub. Mary (age 22) and Peter Lind Hayes (age 25) were married from 1940 until his death on 21 April 1998 (age 82). With few exceptions she and her husband worked together exclusively. One of their first high-profile pairings as a duo was in the CBS TV musical variety series "Inside U.S.A. with Chevrolet", which ran on CBS TV from September 29,1949 through March 16, 1950; a revue-style series that producer Arthur Schwartz based on his successful Broadway show "Inside U.S.A.". They sang Chevrolet's catchy jingle, "See the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet," before the jingle became a signature of Dinah Shore on her NBC TV "Dinah Shore Show" Chevrolet sponsored variety show of the 1950s and '60s. See more »


I've Learned to Smile Again
by Neville Fleeson
Sung by Mary Healy (uncredited)
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Zis Boom Bah is an obscure 'B' with some amusing moments
20 January 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Having some idle time before going to work, I looked at my "50 Movie Pack Comedy Classics" DVD collection and picked the most obscure title in the pack: Zis Boom Bah starring a forgotten Grace Hayes. "Classics" is obviously the operative word here since most of the titles I've never heard of and I suspect they're all in the public domain. Anyway, this movie also stars her son Peter Lind and his wife Mary Healy (who I just found out is a New Orleans native from the state I live in, Louisiana) with Benny Rubin as a malt shop proprietor and Huntz Hall, taking a break from the East Side Kids, as Peter's buddy. The plot, about a vaudeville mother trying to turn her rich carefree son into a responsible one with him unaware of who she is, is for the birds and doesn't have many funny scenes though I did like Peter's celebrity impersonations and his dance with Hall in drag. And the songs and dances are entertaining in themselves. Rubin, however, is all over the place with his confusion of the American vernacular of the time and almost everything concerning him makes no sense whatsoever (though I did like his funny dance). Since this was only 61 minutes that I'm sure played on the lower-half of the double feature bill, I'll be charitable and give this one a 3 for the few entertaining bits that I mentioned enjoying.

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