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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
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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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Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

23 January 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

4 Valetes e uma Dama  »

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(copyright length) | (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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Soundtracks

Karanina
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mort Greene
Played during the opening credits and often as dance and background music
Played on piano by Ray Bolger and sung by Anne Shirley (dubbed by Martha Mears),
Eddie Foy Jr., Jack Briggs and William Blees (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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