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Sleepytime Gal (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Music | 5 March 1942 (USA)
Bessie Cobb, cake decorator in the kitchen of one of Miami's swankier hotels, is the central figure in an elaborate scheme by Chick Patterson, bell captain, who believes he can not only ... See full summary »

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Chef Popodopolis
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Sugar Caston
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Mr. Adams
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Honest Joe Kincaid
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Bessie Cobb, cake decorator in the kitchen of one of Miami's swankier hotels, is the central figure in an elaborate scheme by Chick Patterson, bell captain, who believes he can not only enrich Bessie, but himself, his fiancée, and the kitchen's three screwball chefs, Chef Popodopolis, Chef Petrovich and Chef Barzumium. He plans to enter Bessie in the singing contest sponsored by band-leader Danny Marlowe for a large recording company looking for new talent.. Chick has a recording made of Bessie's voice and substitutes it for that of "Sugar" Caston, who is being sponsored by a big-time gangster and is set up to win. But members of a rival gang, out to get "Sugar", mistake Besiie for her. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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When the Cat's Away
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Herb Magidson
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Delightful, forgotten musical/comedy with an early Jule Styne score
2 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

The Early Show on NY's Channel 2 used to air this breezy, delightful musical comedy from the woefully underrated Republic Studios during the 1950s when I was a kid. I tuned in every time it was telecast. Judy Canova deserves to be re-discovered and re-appreciated. She was truly a precursor of Lily Tomlin (her "Sleepy Lagoon" with Dennis Day is another tuneful delight). And the vivacious Ruth Terry, in a platinum wig as the gangster's moll, pre-dated Lesley Ann Warren's delectable turn in "Victor/Victoria".

The details of the plot elude me, but I cherish the film. With a wonderful score by the young, then-unknown Jule Styne. Would someone please rescue and revive this delightful gem from obscurity and let the current generation savor its charms?


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