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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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Featured in Laurel & Hardy: Their Lives and Magic (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

(I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo
((1942) uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played after Stan and Ollie leave the boiler room. Frank Beach performed trumpet for Oliver Hardy.
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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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