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I Won't Play (1944)

Passed  -  Short | Drama | Music  -  11 November 1944 (USA)
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In this Warner Bros. short, a Marine in a South Sea island during World War II, Joe Fingers, tells tales of the influence he's had on various personalities. In the words of one of his ... See full summary »



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In this Warner Bros. short, a Marine in a South Sea island during World War II, Joe Fingers, tells tales of the influence he's had on various personalities. In the words of one of his buddies, he's either the biggest liar in the world or the most important man in show business. He claims to be a piano player and his stories are brought to life in the minds of the boys, especially those that involve a pretty girl. When a piano arrives on the island in a shipment, he refuses to play, convincing the doubters that he's been telling them lies all along. They change their tune however when a Hollywood movie star stops on the island. Written by garykmcd

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11 November 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Promessa Cumprida  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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'Handsome': [Referring to a famous singer Joe has told him he knows] So what did she do?
Joe Fingers: She burned. She gave me a look that curled my hair, and she walked out,
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Body and Soul
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Johnny Green
Lyrics by Edward Heyman, Robert Sauer and Frank Eyton
Played during the opening credits and occasionally in the score
Sung by Janis Paige
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Very Good Short
26 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

I Won't Play (1944)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Oscar winning short about an Army blabbermouth (Dane Clark) who keeps telling the men in his squad that he helped form and influence several Hollywood stars. None of them believe him when they receive a new piano that he refuses to play but a Hollywood actress (Janis Paige) shows up to change their minds about their friend. This is an extremely well directed short by Crane Wilbur that features good work from both Clark and Paige. Paige also gets to show off her singing voice with a wonderful version of Body and Soul.

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