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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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Grace Hayes
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Peter Kendricks
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Mary Healy
Huntz Hall ...
Skeets Skillhorn
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Annabella
Frank Elliott ...
Mr. Kendricks (as Frank Elliot)
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ...
Proffessor Warren (as Skeets Gallegher)
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Nick (as Benny Ruben)
Eddie Kane ...
James J. Kane (as Ed Kane)
Leonard Sues ...
Noisey
Roland Dupree ...
Pee Wee
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"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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College Days  »

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The film's scenario was written with Grace Hayes, who actually was from vaudeville, as the vaudevillian mother. Her real life son, Peter Lind Hayes, who was part of their act, as Grace Hayes film's son who goes off to college. The musical comedy film's plot had been proposed to the authors/screen writers as a vehicle for the pair by Peter Lind Hayes. See more »

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Zis Boom Bah
Tap Danced to by Roland Dupree (uncredited) and Benny Rubin (uncredited)...and most of the cast at various times in various tempos and arrangements. Accompanied by Peter Lind Hayes on the drums.
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Lethargic musical has one or two bright moments.
8 November 2004 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

This feels very stilted and patronizing to a great extent. The whole plot is extremely forced - especially the "gallant" effort to save the college from ruin, and the moralistic overtone (especially by the leading lady) grates a bit.

But there are one or two comic moments that do help relieve the boredom, and the dancing is quite fun (especially for alleged amateurs

  • ha, ha!)




The shop proprietor and the young guy doing spectacular tap dancing were particular highlights. And I liked Peter Hayes impressions of Charles Laughton and Ronald Coleman as well.


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