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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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This is that movie about those people.

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Comedy

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Release Date:

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

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 »

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

I've Gotta See for Myself
(1943)
Music by Lew Pollack
Lyrics by Charles Newman
Sung by Vivian Blaine (uncredited)
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dull...with bright spots
5 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

remarkably brighter and fresher than the 1941 and 1942 efforts, in fact, should have been made in color and billed as a musical: yes, Vivian Blaine, of GUYS AND DOLLS gets a lot of frame time, with very good songs. the film actually opens with L & H playing as, one might say, one-man-bands, on their tour truck.

cinematography is good and there's a sense that they are actually enjoying this one. we know Hardy said much later he liked JITTERBUGS.

it's been written that they enjoyed the chance to get into costume, as they did in the gambling scene, where they try to win back money that Vivian lost to con men, earlier. along the way they met an affable con artist, Bob Bailey, who agrees to help out... and *not* help himself, this time.

but general L & Hers, try it on for size.

like so many of the MGM and Fox efforts, the lost opportunities are too much to bear, in outlining. I'll give ya one: L & H are thumbing a ride, out in the desert. Stan suggests one of them should lie down on the road so as to make someone stop. Fine. Not to give it away but there's no quibbling about who has the honor, such as "As usual, I have to do everything myself!" Plus, the bit is terribly executed. Not by L & H but by the Writer and/or the Director. any 14 year old *new* fan will frown and say, "why didn't they just...?" :)


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