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Carolina Blues (1944)

Approved | | Musical | 20 December 1944 (USA)
Band Leader Kay Kyser wants to take a holiday, but his publicist Charlotte has promised that he'll give a concert for defense plant workers. Due to the fact that his vocalist has quit to ... See full summary »

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Phineas / Elliott / Hiriam / Horatio / Aunt Martha / Aunt Minerva Carver
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Charlotte Barton
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Tom Gordon
Georgia Carroll ...
Band Singer
M.A. Bogue ...
Ish Kabibble (as Ish Kabibble)
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Band Member
Sully Mason ...
Band Member
Harold Nicholas ...
Dance Specialty
The Christianis ...
Acrobatic Specialty
The Layson Brothers ...
Specialty
The Four Step Brothers ...
Tap Dance Specialty Quartette
Kay Kyser Band ...
Kay Kyser Band (as Kay Kyser's Band)
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Storyline

Band Leader Kay Kyser wants to take a holiday, but his publicist Charlotte has promised that he'll give a concert for defense plant workers. Due to the fact that his vocalist has quit to get married, the plant owner's daughter Julie sings instead. But Kay dislikes her idea of joining the band. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Your head will spin to those Kay Kyser Melodies! See more »

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20 December 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Idílio Sincopado  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the film's plot, Georgia Carroll (playing herself) threatens to leave the Kay Kyser band to marry a servicemember, thereby forcing him to hire a replacement. In real life, after replacing Ginny Simms in Kyser's band, Carroll did indeed get married - to Kay Kyser. See more »

Soundtracks

Mr. Beebe
Written by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn and Dudley Brooks
Performed by Harold Nicholas
Also sung by Ann Miller, June Richmond and a vocal quartet
Also danced by The Four Step Brothers, Marie Bryant and several others
Later played jug-band style by members of the Kay Kyser Band
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One or two redeeming numbers
1 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I like neither Kyser's screen persona nor his bland style of swing, so wouldn't ever recommend going to a film to see him. But he sometimes had a talent for pepping up his films with good specialty acts.

The show-stopper in this film is the "Mr. Beebe" number, featuring Harold Nicholas (without brother Fayard), supported by a number of other top black singers and dancers including The Four Step Brothers, Marie Bryant, June Richmond, and others I can't identify. Kyser's band with Ann Miller singing briefly introduce the number, then leave the set - typical for the era, the scene was clearly designed so that the black performers could be edited out when the film was shown in the south.

The disappointment is that all that talent, including Ann Miller, is given very little footage to show their stuff. Miller's only tap number is hacked by some dialog. Harold Nicholas is brilliant, but the other singers and dancers in the number only get to do quick cameos.

The Kyser personnel do get to do a couple of other cute numbers. Significantly, these occur informally, when Kyser isn't directing or arranging them.


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