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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  »

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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?


According to Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy biographer Scott MacGillivray, the scene where Laurel tears up his gasoline ration cards elicited groans from wartime audiences who were coping with gas shortages. 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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References Get 'Em Young (1926) 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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Its OK
5 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Stan & Ollie are travelling musicians who run out of gas in the middle of nowhere and are helped out by a travelling salesman, Chester (Bob Bailey). He gives them one of his gas pills to put in their car and they decide to go into business combining their music act with selling these pills. When they try their luck in the next town, Chester meets Susan (Vivian Blaine) and she joins the gang. The plot then changes direction as we learn that Susan's aunt has had $10,000 dollars stolen by crooks. Chester, Susan, Stan & Ollie are determined to get the money back and the film follows their efforts to do this as Stan & Ollie pose as different characters at a hotel, while Susan takes a job as a singer at a club.

There are some funny scenes and Vivian Blaine sings 3 songs. Its all completely unbelievable nonsense but at the end of the film you feel that you have been entertained.

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