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Trocadero (1944)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Music  |  24 April 1944 (USA)
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A newspaper columnist and host of his own national network radio program, interviewing more film personalities on his show than any other commentator, is searching for a story for a Sunday ... See full summary »

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Rosemary Lane ...
Judy Edwards
Johnny Downs ...
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Sam Wallace
Dick Purcell ...
Spike Nelson
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Mickey Jones
Marjorie Manners ...
Marge Carson
Cliff Nazarro ...
Cliff
Erskine Johnson ...
Hollywood Columnist
Dave Fleischer ...
Dave Fleischer
Emmett Vogan ...
Carson
Charles Calvert ...
Tony Rocadero
Dewey Robinson ...
Bullfrog
Ruth Hilliard ...
Nancy - Cigarette Girl
Eddie Bartell ...
Master of Ceremonies and Radio Rogue member
Bob Chester ...
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A newspaper columnist and host of his own national network radio program, interviewing more film personalities on his show than any other commentator, is searching for a story for a Sunday column carried by newspaper from coast to coast. Hanging out in Hollywood's famed Trocadero restaurant and night-spot, he gets his story when "Troc" owner and band-leader Eddie LeBaron, relates to him the sage of the famed screenland nitery. And hears plenty of music furnished by four of the top name-bands in the land, including that of Bob Chester, who formed his own swing band in 1935 after being top saxophonist with the bands of Ben Pollack and Ben Bernie. Singer Ida James and the Chester band led off with "Shoo Shoo Baby" in their screen debut. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Shoo Shoo Baby
Written by Phil Moore
Performed by Ida James with Bob Chester and His Orchestra
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I was pretty amused at this obscure movie called Trocadero
18 July 2014 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just watched this, one of those B-musicals from the '40s which I'm sure played on the bottom half of the double bill. Of the players, one I very much noticed was Sheldon Leonard-who's in my favorite movie It's a Wonderful Life-as one of the employees of the title nightclub. I also recognized one of the tunes, "Shoo Shoo Baby", sung here by one Ida James who I remembered as a player in Cab Calloway's 1947 movie, Hi-De-Ho, as well as a duet with Nat King Cole in the Soundie of Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby? And I just found out that one of the bandleaders is played by Dick Purcell who was also Captain America in a Republic serial the same year this was made. Unfortunately, he'd soon pass away not long after making another movie. Finally, there's an appearance of one Dave Fleischer, who had just split from brother Max after Paramount ousted them from their cartoon studio which would become Famous Studios, who provides an amusing cartoon scene involving one of the Trocadero's patrons. The story's for the birds but there's some amusements to keep one's interest as well as fine music throughout. My favorite scene involved one of the leads, Johnny Downs, doing his tap routine in front of his potential in-laws of which many audience members greet it with a mixture of horror or applause! So on that note, Trocadero is worth a look.


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