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Show Business (1944)

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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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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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8 December 1944 (Sweden)  »

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E o Espetáculo Continua  »

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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 »

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Joan Mason: [Last lines. Aside to audience about Eddie as she goes out the door] I love that boy! Well...
[She slaps her hands up and down]
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They're Wearing 'em Higher in Hawaii
(1916) (uncredited)
Music by Halsey K. Mohr
Lyrics by Joe Goodwin
Performed by George Murphy
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vulgar and nostalgic
8 May 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This very funny and often very rude musical comedy is basically a biography of a burlesque to vaudeville song and dance team over the first 30 years of the 20th century. Produced in 1944 by RKO it forms part of the series of looser censorship titles that seemed to find some freedom to be more realistic (with a franker sexuality) during the war years. It is also part of the nostalgia mentality of WW2. SHOWBUSINESS is not a WW2 film but one made to shore up reasons why America fought, displaying a warm hearted Americana that justifies the American spirit

  • on stage in crummy burlesque and splashier vaudeville. The main stars


are the unconvincing grinning George Murphy, always awkward and odd especially when tap dancing and the reliable and then retired 30s mega star Eddie Cantor who I personally find hilarious. Pratfall queen and camp comedienne Joan Davis becomes Edde's love interest: but... in this film Eddie's character is so clearly gay (the script makes no doubt he is both a sissy and not interested in a female lover that it is up to Joan to constantly turn to the camera and exclaim "but I just love that boy" chasing and embracing him while he squirms, even to the final fade out. One genuinely laugh out loud gag between them involves a massive salami...since she knows what Eddie likes. The dance numbers are pedestrian and just a blip above curiosity and there are so many montages using RKO musical stock footage that they almost take over the interest in the film, picking what obscure old title they have been lifted from. However, Joan and Eddie provide such a font of vulgar sex jokes and sly camp farce that they save the film from being bland. Oddly enough with all the vulgar jokes on hand, the Eddie Cantor song 'Makin Whoopee" is delivered in a slurred tone as if not to make such a big obvious deal of what 'makin whoopee' is actually referring to. A case of when the 1930 rendition is better than the 1944 one.


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