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Jitterbugs (1943)

 -  Comedy  -  11 June 1943 (USA)
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The boys team up with a likable con man to help a pretty singer's mother who's been taken in by swindlers.


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Complete credited cast:
Susan Cowan
Robert Bailey ...
Chester Wright (as Bob Bailey)
Malcolm Bennett
Noel Madison ...
Tony Queen
Lee Patrick ...
Robert Emmett Keane ...
Henry Corcoran


The two-man Laurel and Hardy Zoot Suit Band find themselves fronting a scam for "gasolene pills" in wartime oil-short America. They are however soon on the side of the angels helping recover $10,000 for an attractive young lady whose family have themselves been swindled. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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This is that movie about those people.




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Release Date:

11 June 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jitterbugs  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


$310,600 (estimated)


$1,100,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Oliver Hardy, who uncharacteristically has solo scenes without partner Stan Laurel, rated this film as one of his five favorites. See more »


When Oliver Hardy is disguised as the Southern colonel he hands a prop to juvenile lead Bob Bailey and says, "Here, Bob." However, Bailey's character is named Chester Wright. See more »


Oliver: Well, here's another fine mess you've gotten me into!
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Featured in Laurel & Hardy: Their Lives and Magic (2011) See more »


That's A-Plenty
(1914) (uncredited)
Music by Lew Pollack
Played by Stan and Ollie at the carnival. Frank Beach performed trumpet for Oliver Hardy.
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Delightful characterizations by L & H makes this film charming
10 May 2002 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

Although lacking in much of the standard L & H humor, this film has other merits going for it. Ollie's impersonation of Southern gentleman Colonel Watterson Bixby of Amadillo County, Texas offers him the felicitous opportunity to play a character close to his own Southern upbringing. Once again in drag, Stan's characterization of Bostonian dowager, Emily Cartwright, offers him the joyous occasion of reusing his Lord Paddinton upper-crust accent tempered with a slight nuance of local Boston color. The scenes in which they appear are a sheer delight chiefly because they carry it off with such finesse and aplomb. Fans may be disappointed at the lack of the usual slapstick, but Stan and Ollie are so splendid in the roles within roles that they more than easily compensate for it. This film as well as "The Bullfighters", with its more tried and true formula, make these two outings the best of their Twentieth Century Fox excursion.

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