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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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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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Dancing, clowning, romancing...songs you'll never forget...girls and glamour...Bowery Burlesque, The Palace, the tank circuits...all in this sparkling Show of Shows and show-folks! (Poster and ads). See more »


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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: [to Eddie, upon their second meeting] Now that I've met you again, I feel that I have lived a full life. Think I'll go home and kill myself.
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They're Wearing 'em Higher in Hawaii
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Music by Halsey K. Mohr
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A fun song & dance tale
1 February 2012 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

SHOW BUSINESS (1944) seems like a rather obscure old film, but it's surprisingly enjoyable. Nothing major, but it's a lot of fun.

The movie is a breezy tale about entertainers on the old vaudeville circuit (~1910s) and it showcases some classic songs like "It Had To Be You", "Dinah", and "Makin' Whoopee".

The cast may not be flashy, but they're a delight. The film is anchored by song and dance men George Murphy and Eddie Cantor. The two partners soon meet up with female showbiz duo Constance Moore and Joan Davis. There's singing, dancing, comedy bits, romance, and some dramatic beats along the way.

(Interestingly, the principal cast all play characters sharing their first names.)

I am not familiar with Joan Davis, but she's very funny as a wisecracking Eve Arden-type. Eddie Cantor plays the comedic sidekick role here, and I think I enjoyed him more than in his earlier starring vehicles. His comedy shtick is actually pretty sharp and he tones down some of his characteristic bug-eyed stuff. Cantor and Davis make an excellent comedy pair.

Eddie Cantor seemed to be in his comfort zone, essentially playing himself, an old-time vaudevillian hopping up and down a stage. Cantor produced the film, which leads one to suspect he might have been retracing his own steps through the glory days of vaudeville. "Makin' Whoopee", sung by Cantor in the film, had actually been popularized by Cantor himself in a Florenz Ziegfeld production.

Leading lady Constance Moore was not a typical fresh-faced beauty, but I thought she was lovely. She reminded me vaguely of other actresses but I'd never seen her in a film before. I'll have to keep an eye out for her.

I had low expectations for this B-musical, but I was pleasantly surprised. Give it a look.


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