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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.

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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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Bucha e Estica, Músicos de Jazz  »

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$310,600 (estimated)

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$1,100,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Cy Slocum, who played a bouncer in this movie, was Oliver Hardy's stand-in and stunt double in the Laurel and Hardy movies of the 1930s. See more »

Goofs

In the movie's opening credits the song title "If the Shoe Fits You, Wear It" is incorrectly listed as "If the Shoe Fits, Wear It". See more »

Quotes

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

Soundtracks

The Moon Kissed the Mississippi
(1943)
Music by Lew Pollack
Lyrics by Charles Newman
Sung by Vivian Blaine (uncredited)
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30 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hollywood was always suspicious of madcap comedians, and often burdened their films with mindless plots, subplots, silly love stories, and mediocre songs. This is a perfect example of the Twentieth Century Fox B unit busily churning out wartime entertainment for a less than demanding audience. L & H are not wasted, but under used. Even in as improbable story as this one, studio cowardice and lack of imagination cannot totally subvert the genius of two great comedians who could make even second-rate comic ideas seem better than they really were. Vivian Blaine, forever remembered as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, debuts here as that stock character, the pretty spunky damsel in distress, a carbon copy of another FOX contract player, Alice Faye. She gets to sing three ordinary, completely forgettable tunes in excellent voice. Many similarly attractive young women like her were wasted like this during the studio days. Vivian had to good sense to go back to Broadway and to the stardom she deserved.


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