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Beautiful But Broke (1944)

 -  Comedy | Music  -  28 January 1944 (USA)
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Theatrical agent Waldo Main (John Eldredge) is inducted into the army, and turns his (now clientless) agency over to his secretary Dottie Duncan (Joan Davis). Dottie decides to organize an ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dottie Duncan
John Hubbard ...
Bill Drake
Jane Frazee ...
Sally Richards
Judy Clark ...
Sue Ford
Bob Haymes ...
Capt. Jack Foster
Willie West and McGinty ...
Danny Mummert ...
Byron Foulger ...
Maxwell McKay
George McKay ...
Station Master
Ferris Taylor ...
Isabel Withers ...
Mrs. Grayson
John Eldredge ...
Waldo Main
Grace Hayle ...
Birdie Benson
John Dilson ...
The Bryan Sisters ...


Theatrical agent Waldo Main (John Eldredge) is inducted into the army, and turns his (now clientless) agency over to his secretary Dottie Duncan (Joan Davis). Dottie decides to organize an all-girl orchestra to fill the void caused by so many orchestra members being called to service due to WWII, and joins struggling singers/songwriters Sally Richards (Jane Frazee) and Sue Ford ('Judy Clark') in this endeavor. Dottie's screwball schemes to get engagements for the group often lead to disaster. Written by Les Adams <>

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Radio's No. 1 Laugh Hit! (original 1-sheet poster)


Comedy | Music


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28 January 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beleza Sem Dinheiro  »

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Radio Announcer: This is the beginning of duck season...
[An artillery shell blasts through the shack's window]
Sally Richards: What kind of ducks have they *got* around here?
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Take the Door to the Left
Written by Walter G. Samuels and James Cavanaugh
Sung by Jane Frazee
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Crazy like a a Fox
29 June 2011 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

When I was a kid, I LOVE LUCY was the big comedy on TV, but in my household we watched I MARRIED JOAN, starring Joan Davis. Lucy was a beautiful woman who occasionally went crazy, particularly when things fell apart. Joan Davis was crazy from the beginning and much funnier from start to finish. Besides, I had relatives like her.

Columbia came out with this girl's musical co-starring Joan and Jane Frazee, who had just gone through a phase as Universal's teen-aged songbird when Deanna Durbin went adult. It's towards the end of the war, so all the bands have gone to war, as has Joan's, leaving her to book the acts. So she promotes some girl bands.

There are some excellent numbers, including a fine rendition of "Shoo-Shoo Baby", and it's all big-band boogie-woogie. Lively, tuneful and funny, it's a perfect artifact of its period.

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