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Beautiful But Broke (1944)

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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:
John Hubbard ...
Jane Frazee ...
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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1.37 : 1
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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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Mama, I Wanna Make Rhythm
Written by Jerome Jerome, Richard Byron and Walter Kent
Sung by Judy Clark
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A real charmer
29 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not much of a movie in overall aesthetic terms, but a real charmer with a lot of good swing music, capably sung by Jane Frazee and Judy Clark, and a great performance by Joan Davis. She appears equally capable of getting laughs from slapstick and dialogue, and through much of the movie she reminded me of Rosalind Russell's comic side in her sheer energy and indomitability. It's also got some good comic supporting performances by John Eldredge and the marvelous Byron Foulger, and the early scene in which the girls are trying to sing along to a record and it gets stuck eerily anticipates the performance glitch that undid Milli Vanilli (you remember). The ending is a bit of a patriotic cop-out but the film overall is a lot of fun and well worth seeing.

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