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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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Karanina 'Nina' Novak
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Opal
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Steve Sarto / King Stephan VIII of Aregal
Jack Durant ...
Noodle McArdle
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Happy McScud
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Mr. Hoople
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Bobo
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Storyline

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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4 Valetes e uma Dama  »

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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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Several cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Charles Arnt (Drunk), Mary Gordon (Landlady), 'Eddie Dunn' (Policeman) and Frank Mills (Policeman). In addition, James Burke and Matt McHugh were listed as cast members in some news items, but they were not seen in the movie either. See more »

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Frühlingslied (Spring Song) Op.62 #6
(1842) (uncredited)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Opening bars played in the "I'm in Good Shape" number when perfume is sprayed
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Charming B' Musical
28 June 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a fun B' musical. Bolger literally runs into Shirley one evening and it turns into the worst night of his life. He considers her a jinx. But later, she helps him out of a tight jam and he decides to help her in return. Bolger and his buddies play in a band at a nightclub. Shirley is a singer. So the group all get together and try to help each other out.

Shirley is charming and talented. Bolger is funny and talented. Desi Arnaz is featured in an early role. The rest of the cast features a group of reliable character actors. The songs are forgettable, but it's fun, short and sweet. What more do you want in a B' musical? Of note, Bolger and his co-stars from the Wizard of Oz all starred in a B' musical at RKO in the 1940's. Bolger, here; Bert Lahr in Sing Your Worries Away 1942; and Jack Haley in Sing Your Worries Away 1945.


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