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Joseph Quillan (screen play) and
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Release Date:
8 December 1944 (Sweden) See more »
Broadway Cavalcade! (Posters). See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Eddie Cantor ... Eddie Martin

George Murphy ... George Doane

Joan Davis ... Joan Mason

Nancy Kelly ... Nancy Gaye

Constance Moore ... Constance Ford

Donald Douglas ... Charlie Lucas (as Don Douglas)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gloria Anderson ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Billy Bester ... Callboy (uncredited)

Eddie Borden ... Comic with Banjo (uncredited)
Buster Brodie ... Bald Man (uncredited)

Claire Carleton ... Nurse (uncredited)
James Carlisle ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Russ Clark ... Army Doctor (uncredited)
Dell Clow ... Page Girl (uncredited)
Ann Codee ... French Modiste (uncredited)
Barbara Coleman ... Showgirl (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Myrna Dell ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Dick Elliott ... Man with Binoculars (uncredited)
Ann Fredrick ... Model (uncredited)
Cindy Garner ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Dorothy Garner ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Jack George ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)

Inna Gest ... Nurse (uncredited)
Marion Gray ... Woman in Audience (uncredited)

Kit Guard ... Audience Heckler (uncredited)

William Haade ... Stagehand (uncredited)
William Halligan ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Mary Halsey ... Waitress (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Joe (uncredited)
Daun Kennedy ... Chorine (uncredited)

Rosemary La Planche ... Chorine (uncredited)

Ethan Laidlaw ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Sonny Lamont ... Dancer (uncredited)
Billie Lane ... Chorus Girl in French Number (uncredited)
Ethelreda Leopold ... Blonde in Kelly's Cafe (uncredited)

George Lloyd ... Heckler (uncredited)

Dorothy Malone ... Chorine (uncredited)
Harry Martin ... Patron (uncredited)
Jack Mattis ... Patron (uncredited)

Kermit Maynard ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Dorcas McKim ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Mary Meade ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Mary Morgan ... Page Girl (uncredited)

Kay Morley ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Frances Morris ... Nurse (uncredited)
Shirley O'Hara ... Chorine (uncredited)
Barbara Payne ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Shelby Payne ... Showgirl (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Elaine Riley ... Chorine (uncredited)
Eddie Rio ... Patron (uncredited)
Doris Sheehan ... Showgirl (uncredited)

Larry Steers ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Margie Stewart ... Mary (uncredited)
Bob Thom ... Electrician (uncredited)
Andrew Tombes ... Judge (uncredited)
Ruth Valmy ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Alice Wallace ... Showgirl (uncredited)

Directed by
Edwin L. Marin 
Writing credits
Joseph Quillan (screen play) and
Dorothy Bennett (screen play)

Irving Elinson (additional dialogue)

Bert Granet (story)

Ian McLellan Hunter  contributing writer (uncredited)
Paul Girard Smith  contributing writer (uncredited)
William A. Ullman Jr.  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Eddie Cantor .... producer
Original Music by
Leigh Harline (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Robert De Grasse (director of photography) (as Robert de Grasse)
Film Editing by
Theron Warth (edited by)
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Jack Okey 
Set Decoration by
A. Roland Fields (set decorations) (as Al Fields)
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (gowns)
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clem Beauchamp .... assistant director
Edward Donahue .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jean L. Speak .... recordist
James G. Stewart .... rerecordist
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects (as Vernon Walker)
Camera and Electrical Department
Fred Hendrickson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Harold Palmer .... montage
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Ken Darby .... vocal director
George Duning .... vocal director
Gene Rose .... orchestral arrangements
Other crew
Nick Castle .... musical numbers created and staged by
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Sweden:Btl | USA:Approved (PCA #9753) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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 »
Eddie Martin:Why don't you fall for some other man?
Joan Mason:I don't want a man... I want you!
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Movie Connections:
References Whoopee! (1930)See more »
SextetteSee more »


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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Good old fashioned fun..., 18 March 2006
Author: Esther from Sydney, Australia

And wit like you would never see nowadays.

The story of a four person act, two men Eddie Martin (Eddie Cantor) and George Doane (George Murphy) and two women Joan Mason (Joan Davis) and Constance Ford (Constance Moore) (lot of thought evidently went into those names), their lives, their loves, their highs, their lows and some very entertaining performances. Particularly from Joan Davis who gets all the fabulous one-liners.

There a some classic songs in there too, "Making Whoopee" and "It Had To Be You." All in all, a very entertaining way to spend a slow Saturday afternoon.

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