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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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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 Stephan VIII of Aregal back in the old country. Steve (Desi 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 Desi 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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(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 That Girl from Paris (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Karanina
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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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okay Caper with some Song & Dance Numbers
11 April 2014 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Silly antics, with some song and dance numbers tossed in. Nifty (Ray Bolger, just after doing the Wizard of Oz) does a fun, impressive number right at the start, "I'm in Good Shape". He and his co-horts are musicians in a restaurant, and they share an apartment too. Nifty meets up right off with Nina (Ann Shirley), who doesn't have a place to stay, so of course she moves in with them. As we are in the middle of WW II, and there was a major housing shortage, this would be OK, in spite of the film code being in full force by now. They keep bumping into Noodles, the crime boss, played by Jack Durant. The producers didn't spend much on the script here... its all pretty silly, but it kind of works as long as you don't take it too seriously. Nina thinks she can speak with foreign accents, so that comes in handy. Even Desi Arnaz gets caught up in the plot. According to wikipedia, this was only the third role for Desi, and he was on the musical soundtracks for all three of these roles. This about ten years before I Love Lucy. Its OK, but as we can see, it didn't win any awards. This film was just like watching one of Lucy's schemes gone wrong; maybe that's where Arnaz got the idea. Directed by Jack Hively, who also directed a bunch of "The Saint" movies.


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