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Show Business (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 8 December 1944 (Sweden)
A song-and-dance man and his comic partner undergo romantic ups and downs when they team up with a female duo and transition from burlesque to vaudeville.



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Complete credited cast:
Nancy Gaye
Constance Ford
Charlie Lucas (as Don Douglas)


Four young hopefuls, George, Connie, Joan and Eddie, doing the Burlesque and Amateur Circuits meet by chance, and decide to form a team. Of course, their act is a success, and they finally make it to Vaudeville! George is crazy for Connie, however, George's ex-flame, Nancy Gai isn't too thrilled and from the moment she hears about George and Connie tying the knot, she does everything to break up their union... sadly, one night she succeeds, and the foursome go separate ways. Connie divorces George, and gets engaged to a rich agent, and makes it on her own- singing in an upper-class Boston Night Club, while Eddie and Joan still keep a successful couple act, but George ends up in a sleazy San Francisco bar, singing for drinks. After all, one minute you're the toast of the town, the next - you're in the gutter. Isn't that Show Business? Can the group be reunited? Can they be a success once more!? Written by Amber <amber@sweetiedarling.com>

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Release Date:

8 December 1944 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Su majestad la farsa  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bert Gordon, George Jessel, Pat Rooney and Gene Sheldon were definitely filmed in a sequence which was cut before the release of the movie. Also in studio records, but not seen in the film, are Matthew 'Stymie' Beard (Harold), Billy Bester (Call Boy), Marietta Canty (Maid), Don Dillaway (Gambler), Ralph Dunn (Taxi Driver), Edmund Glover (Gambler), Harry Harvey Jr. (Page Boy), Russell Hopton (Gambler), Sam Lufkin (Waiter on Stage), Jerry Maren (Midget), Charles Marsh (Man Eating Peanuts), Chef Milani (Head Waiter), Bert Moorhouse (Desk Clerk), Forbes Murray (Director), William J. O'Brien (Peanut Gag Man), and Joseph Vitale (Caesar). See more »


George Doane: You must have the theater in your blood.
Eddie Martin: Yes, and my blood is in a lot of these theaters.
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Featured in If You Knew Susie (1948) See more »


(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Sam Lewis and Joe Young
Performed by Eddie Cantor, George Murphy (both in blackface), Constance Moore and Joan Davis
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Eddie and Company
4 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

SHOW BUSINESS (RKO Radio, 1944), directed by Edwin L. Marin, stars the legendary Eddie Cantor, who also produced, in a nostalgic down melody lane story set in the days of burlesque to Broadway (1914-1928). Though this could have been "The Eddie Cantor Story" considering how the plot somewhat borrows from Cantor's own stage origins, leading up to his signature number, "Makin' Whoopee" he introduced in Florenz Ziegfeld musical, WHOOPEE, the narrative belongs mostly to co-stars George Murphy and Constance Moore, with Cantor and Joan Davis in secondary comic leads, all assuming their actual first names in character roles.

Opening title: "In the glorified of belles - bloomers - and beer in buckets, troupes, ambitious groups of lovable hams known as Show Folks, all dreaming of big time. In the burlesque theater of those days were born many of today's great stars." In a story starting around 1914, George Doane (George Murphy) is introduced as a popular singer and dancer in a burlesque theater with a ladies man reputation. He is loved by Nancy Gaye (Nancy Kelly), a singer in the show, determined to hold onto him at all cost. After Eddie martin (Eddie Cantor) wins a $10 prize in an amateur contest, a friendship forms between he and George, who makes Eddie, the man with the jokes, as his new partner. To celebrate their union, they come to Kelly's Café where, through vaudeville agent, Charlie Lucas (Don Douglas), get to meet a struggling sister act team of Constance Ford (Constance Moore) and Joan Mason (Joan Davis). Due to George's interest in Constance, he adds the girls to his vaudeville to burlesque partnership. As Constance eventually gives in to George's proposal of marriage, Joan continues proposing unsuccessfully to Eddie, which doesn't discourage Joan as she frequently looks into the camera, saying, "I love that boy!" All goes well for George and Constance until Nancy's scheme to get George back interferes with their marriage.

With a grand selection of tunes from the early part of the twentieth century, the motion picture soundtrack includes: "They're Wearing Them Higher in Hawaiier" (sung by George Murphy); "Swanee River" (by Stephen Foster/solo dance number); "The Curse of the Aching Heart"(sung by Eddie Cantor); "It Had to Be You" (sung/danced by George Murphy and Constance Moore); "Strolling Through the Park One Day" (dance rehearsal); "I Want a Girl, Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad" (sung by Cantor, Constance Moore, George Murphy and Joan Davis); "Comin' 'Round the Mountain" (sung by Joan Davis); Comic Opera (performed by Cantor,Davis, Murphy and Moore); "Alabamy Bound" (Eddie Cantor); "Dinah" (Cantor, Murphy, Davis and Moore); "You May Not Remember" (sung by Nancy Kelly); "I'm in Love With a Beautiful Nurse," (Eddie Cantor/ George Murphy); "You May Not Remember" (reprise by Nancy Kelly); "Why Am I Blue?" (sung by Constance Moore); "You're All I Need" (sung by Murphy); "It Had to Be You," (separately sung by Moore and Murphy); "Makin' Whoopee" (sung by Eddie Cantor); "It Had to Be You" (sung by George Murphy).

SHOW BUSINESS may have all the familiarity of those period musicals pieces commonly found in 20th Century-Fox musicals of the forties, and that nostalgic feel from MGM's own FOR ME AND MY GAL (1942) which also featured George Murphy, but the film itself, though quite good, is quite underrated. Lacking the commonly use of Technicolor found in most 1940s musicals, it benefits highly with costumes and hair styles being close to accurate for its time frame. Quite enjoyable during its song and dance interludes, especially during Cantor and Davis exchanges, it makes one wonder why these two haven't been teamed before this. Davis is naturally funny, even when borrowing a comedy line often associated to W.C. Fields. Cantor and Davis would work together again in IF YOU KNEW SUSIE (RKO, 1948), becoming Cantor's final motion picture lead. Though amusing and still great together, the results weren't the same even with their comic opera sequence (with Murphy and Moore) clipped into it.

Formerly broadcast on American Movie Classics prior to 2001, SHOW BUSINESS, which had its distribution on video cassette in the 1990s through Turner Home Entertainment, can be seen occasionally on cable TV's Turner Classic Movies. A real treat for Cantor or Davis fans or both, Murphy and Moore should not be overlooked in their serious moments together, especially their split screen vocalization of the film's theme song, "It Had to Be You." Anyway, there's no business like SHOW BUSINESS. Sit back and enjoy this one. (***)

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