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Four Jacks and a Jill (1942)

Passed  -  Comedy | Music | Romance  -  23 January 1942 (USA)
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Four struggling musicians lose their vocalist at the insistence of her gangster boyfriend. They find a replacement in an innocent young woman being courted by a cabbie pretending to be a king.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Nifty Sullivan
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Karanina 'Nina' Novak
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Opal
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Steve Sarto / King Stephan VIII of Aregal
Jack Durant ...
Noodle McArdle
Eddie Foy Jr. ...
Happy McScud
Fritz Feld ...
Mr. Hoople
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Bobo
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Karanina "Nina" Novak (Anne Shirley), is befriended by Nifty (Ray Bolger), the leader of a four-piece orchestra, and in return, secures an engagement for them at the Little Aregal Cafe, with herself as the vocalist, by pretending she once knew the King or Aregal back in the old country. Steve (Dezi Arnaz) shows up pretending to be the King of Aregal, and complicates the growing romance between Nina and Nifty. When Steve runs off with Opal (June Havoc), the real King of Aregal (also Dezi Arnaz) appears and complicates things again. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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BLONDE BLITZ blasts the blues out of four howling hepcats!

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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23 January 1942 (USA)  »

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(copyright length) | (Turner library print)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Desi Arnaz's autobiography suggests that the director of this film, Jack Hively, was a complete idiot who knew nothing about directing despite the fact that he was an editor before he took the job. Hively - despite not being mentioned by name in the book - would reportedly embarrass actors and put them through several long takes of the same monologues from the same angle knowing that there would have to be cuts to other angles made at some point. See more »

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Version of Street Girl (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm in Good Shape
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Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mort Greene
Sung and Danced by Ray Bolger (uncredited)
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Where have you seen this before -- "Street Girl!"
8 May 2002 | by (Oak Park IL) – See all my reviews

This is almost a shot-for-shot remake of the 1929 "Street Girl," which was equally cheerless but at least had better musical performances... Betty Compson played the violin and Jack Oakie shimmied in that one. But in the hurry to make movies during the war, they made the nimble Ray Bolger boring and whiny. Anne Shirley has great clothes for a homeless girl, and Desi Arnaz is both handsome and comprehensible in English, so you do wonder what happened to him by his "Lucy" days. This was on very late one night, so it was worth watching under those circumstances -- but otherwise, don't bother. This is a dead man's hand, indeed.


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