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Jitterbugs (1943)

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


(as Mal St. Clair)


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Chester Wright (as Bob Bailey)
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Tony Queen
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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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This is that movie about those people.




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Release Date:

11 June 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bucha e Estica, Músicos de Jazz  »

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$310,600 (estimated)


$1,100,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie Jane Eyre (1943) starring Orson Welles was being filmed at 20th Century-Fox at the same time as "Jitterbugs". Welles visited Laurel and Hardy on the set of "Jitterbugs" while they were filming their "Original Zoot Suit Band" performance scene and posed for photos, playing musical instruments with Laurel & Hardy and co-star Robert Bailey. Welles played saxophone, Laurel played trombone, Hardy played trumpet and Bailey played clarinet. 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 nice mess you've gotten me into!
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(1943) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played by Stan and Ollie at the carnival. Frank Beach performed trumpet for Oliver Hardy.
Also played by the band at the River Boat
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i enjoy it
12 September 2002 | by (Oxford, England) – See all my reviews

i watch this when i was on holiday in tennerife when this film was on. I kind of enjoyed it.It's not the best or worst comedy i have seen, but has got some good chuckles all the way through. There were some bits i din't understand. But then i am not a laurel and hardy fan! But it was good old traditional slpastick mayhem form the duo in this madcap comedy.

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