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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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Complete credited cast:
Kim Karol / Sally
Warren Douglas ...
Rusty aka 'Handsome'
Robert Shayne ...
Chaplain aka 'Padre'
William Haade ...
William 'Billy' Benedict ...
Florida (as William Benedict)


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)  »

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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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Entertaining Award Winning Short Subject
30 April 2001 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A Warner Brothers Short Subject.

The biggest liar in the Marine Corps claims to be a musical genius, but his buddies get mighty sore when a piano is delivered to their South Seas island base and the fellow says `I WON'T PLAY.'

Propelled by the wise guy personality of Dane Clark and the loveliness of Janice Paige (who gets to sing `Body and Soul'), here is an enjoyable, lighthearted little film which still should entertain viewers today. This is the type of fast-moving escapist fare that was so valued by weary movie audiences as World War Two dragged into its sixth year.

Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something like writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. This particular film was the winner of the Academy Award for the Best 2-Reel Live Action Short for 1944.

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