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What's Buzzin', Cousin? (1943)

 -  Comedy | Musical  -  8 July 1943 (USA)
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Freddy Martin and his band go on a trailer vacation, taking along Rochester as a handy man. They run out of gas in a ghost town and have to spend the night in the deserted Palace Hotel. The... See full summary »

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Freddy Martin and his band go on a trailer vacation, taking along Rochester as a handy man. They run out of gas in a ghost town and have to spend the night in the deserted Palace Hotel. The next morning, Ann Crawford and her three friends, Josie, Billie and May, arrive as Ann has inherited the hotel and most of the surrounding property, and she and her friends have pooled their savings to pay off the debts and formed a company to run the hotel. Jimmie Ross, singer with the band, decides to help the girls and has the hotel done over at his expense. Rochester, digging in the Victory Garden he has started, finds a gold nugget and the rush is on. Gangster Pete Hartley and his henchmen move in with intentions of taking over. He succeeds, over Ann's protests, in buying the property from her friends. Jimmie returns and thinks Ann has double-crossed him and they quarrel and part. Jimmie discovers that Rochester's gold nugget was his own gold inlay. Later, back on the radio with Freddie's band... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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gold | mining | big band

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Triple Header for Joy ! ROCHESTER and his riotous revels ! Freddy MARTIN and his jivin' gentlemen playing sweet and hot! Ann MILLER dancing dynamo of rhythm!

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Knocked-Out Nocturne
Written by Jacques Press and Eddie Cherkose
Sung and danced by Ann Miller
Played by Freddie Martin and His Orchestra
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A nothingness
22 June 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Ann Crawford (Ann Miller) inherits a hotel in a ghost town with a population of 1. She and 3 friends put all their savings into the hotel and are very disappointed when they see it. As it happens, Freddy Martin and his orchestra have set themselves up in the hotel to rehearse for future shows, along with Jimmy Ross (John Hubbard) and Rochester and his girlfriend (Theresa Harris). Together, they pool resources together and turn the hotel into a nightclub. However, on opening night, they have no customers and perform to an empty hall. While gardening, Rochester discovers a gold nugget and so begins a gold rush to the ghost town. This brings in the people to attend the shows. At the end, the club is sold and love is in the air.....

The music numbers are competently performed - the best performance being Ann's first tap dance routine, the second best performance being her other tap routine at the end. I found the film boring and to make matters worse I had to endure Rochester's raspy, shouty voice and Billie's (Jeff Donnell) irritating high pitched screeching. It made the film annoying.

Its a nothing film with one very good tap dance routine by Ann Miller which is the only thing worth seeing in the film. Without it, the film would be clear in the "bad" category.


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