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Four Jacks and a Jill (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 23 January 1942 (USA)
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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Complete credited cast:
Karanina 'Nina' Novak
Steve Sarto / King Stephan VIII of Aregal
Jack Durant ...
Noodle McArdle
Eddie Foy Jr. ...
Happy McScud
Fritz Feld ...
Mr. Hoople


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!


Comedy | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

23 January 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

4 Valetes e uma Dama  »

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Technical Specs


(copyright length) | (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first starring film role of June Havoc, sister of Gypsy Rose Lee. See more »


Referenced in This Is Spinal Tap (1984) See more »


Wherever You Go
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mort Greene
Sung by Anne Shirley (dubbed by Martha Mears) (uncredited)
Later danced by Ray Bolger with Anne Shirley (uncredited)
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Weak Bolger Vehicle
6 December 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film isn't much and it doesn't make much sense. It is one of the few vehicles designed for comedian Ray Bolger. When MGM finally cast him as the Scarecrow, they got it right. (Bolger was the goofball, Haley was the worrier, Lahr was the cowardly clown, and Morgan was the inept con artist.) Well, Bolger is at his goofy best in this film. He does a routine as a tap dancing boxer which is absolutely hysterical. The film also uses the comic talents of Fritz Feld, Eddie Foy, Jack Durant, and Desi Arnaz, but it is Bolger's vehicle. The biggest problem with the film is that it does not end. It merely stops. Bolger would fine a better vehicle on Broadway with "Where's Charley".

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