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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)  »

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Featurettes (1944-1945 season) #4: I Won't Play  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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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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Cuddle Up a Little Closer
(1908) (uncredited)
Music by Karl Hoschna
Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach
Sung a cappella by William 'Billy' Benedict
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Is he a liar or. . .? Who cares?
1 August 2003 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

The two most noteworthy things about "I Won't Play" are: It won an Academy Award as the best two-reel short film of 1944; and it was directed by silent-era leading man Crane Wilbur. The plot of this run-of-the-mill short is inconsequential, the dialogue lacks spark, while the acting is no better and no worse than that found in most war-themed Hollywood movies of the 1940s (in other words, it's awful). Admittedly, there are moments when "I Won't Play" is funny -- Janis Paige's totally artificial look and line delivery are precious -- but one laughs AT the picture, not with it.


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