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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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Storyline

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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Comedy

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11 June 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bucha e Estica, Músicos de Jazz  »

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Budget:

$310,600 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,100,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Wartime rationing had an impact on the duo's films. In this case, shoes were rationed to three pairs a year, and the dancers had to rehearse in bare feet. Also, because so many young men had joined the armed forces, the original plan to have 150 jitterbug teams in the jitterbug scene had to be reduced, and the 50 couples planned were reduced to 30. Not only that, but the "zoot suits" the duo wore needed a special dispensation because it was at the time considered a profligate use of material. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Oliver: Well, here's another fine mess you've gotten me into!
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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

If the Shoe Fits, Wear It
(1943)
Music by Lew Pollack
Lyrics by Charles Newman
Sung by Vivian Blaine (uncredited)
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23 March 2007 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

I admit that I find Laurel and Hardy tiresome. If you do too, you might find some relief in this rather unusual project.

The "boys" as a two man jazz band. As the foils in a scheme to bilk people using "gas pills," (some of which are still legally sold to suckers today in the US).

And third in elaborate disguises to bilk another group of con men out of their unearned rewards. Its this last where the payoff is: two by now tired old men playing their scampy characters, playing film stereotypes: a Texas oilman and a rich spinster.

Its not a memorable film experience, but it is likely the best I know of them other than what I think is one of their first film appearances as inmates of an asylum in "Call of the Cuckoo." Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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