A Universal Army enlistment promotion, produced as a musical showcase for Harry James, the Andrews Sisters, Joe E. Lewis, and Donald O'Connor & Peggy Ryan. The film's thin plot has James ... See full summary »
Edward F. Cline
The Andrews Sisters,
Joe E. Lewis
At the Davis School of the Theatre, run by Jeremy Taswell, where teen-age kids study drama and the serious arts, instructors Johnny Hanley and Alice Taswell are in love. The students, ... See full summary »
Bill Benson and Ted Adams are to appear in a Broadway show together and, while in Paris, each 'discovers' the perfect leading lady for the plum female role. Each promises the prize role to ... See full summary »
During World War II, all the studios put out "all-star" vehicles which featured virtually every star on the lot--often playing themselves--in musical numbers and comedy skits, and were ... See full summary »
At Middleton College, controlled by rich donor Melton, only paying sports are allowed. But Freddie Frye, conniving student body president, has to get a letter in some sport to win back his ... See full summary »
18-year-old Angela, reared in a New England town by her Aunt Betsy, receives an inheritance which she uses to go to New York, ostensibly for voice training, but she is pursuing Major Hilary... See full summary »
Felix E. Feist
This is a terrific jive/swing/tap-dance musical from Universal, made in 1942 as part of a set of teen pix mostly starring Donald O'Connor and Gloria Jean. Woody Herman and his amazing orchestra appear several times and their rendition of Golden Wedding particularly with a knockout acrobatic tap-dance group in an electrifying sequence, The Jivin' Jacks 'n' Jills, could easily have you leap from your seat as well. Basically a formula story of kids out-swinging the older generation and encouraging them to 'get with it'... in WHAT'S COOKIN the fuddy duddies are equally hilariously played by Billie Burke, Franklin Pangborn, Charles Butterworth and Charles Lane, adding genuine witty comedy via excellent shrewed casting. Also, with the kids is Leo Carillo mangling English in a pre-Desi Arnaz way. WHAT'S COOKIN is a delight, and contains truly exciting music and jaw-dropping dance sequences. Great fun all the way of its 70 minutes. Teenage Donald O'Connor in these snazzy Universal musicals is so funny, clever and charming. An opening sequence of a slinky tap dance number on a long staircase hilariously sets the tone.
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