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George White's Scandals (1945)

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This Broadway revue is about two love affairs. The romance between the comedienne Joan Mason and Jack Evans of Boston is easily disturbed by Jack's cynical sister, Clara Belle Evans, who is... See full summary »

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Phillip Terry ...
Tom McGrath
Martha Holliday ...
Jill Martin
Ethel Smith ...
Hit Parade Swing Organist
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Clarabelle Evans
Glenn Tryon ...
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Billie Randall (as Bettejane Greer)
Audrey Young ...
Maxine Manner
Rose Murphy ...
Hilda - Joan's Maid
Fritz Feld ...
Montescu
Beverly Wills ...
Joan, as a Child
Gene Krupa ...
Gene Krupa (as Gene Krupa His Drums and His Band)
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Effie Laird ...
Scrubwoman (scenes deleted)
Florence Lake ...
Mother (scenes deleted)
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This Broadway revue is about two love affairs. The romance between the comedienne Joan Mason and Jack Evans of Boston is easily disturbed by Jack's cynical sister, Clara Belle Evans, who is against their relationship. The romance between the wealthy British Jill Martin and Tom McGrath, the assistant to the impresario George White Brodway is a love hate relationship. Gene Krupa and his band keep, together with the virtuoso organist Ethel Smith, both couples dancing a lot. Written by Robert

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LAUGH * SWING * THRILL*! (original poster - all caps) See more »

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18 February 1946 (Sweden)  »

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Trivia

Jack Haley's and Margaret Hamilton's only screen appearance together other than "The Wizard of Oz". See more »

Goofs

In the nightclub early in the film, a waiter jumps from Joan's right to her left between shots. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on curtains pulled on stage by ladies, as the ladies walk across stage. See more »

Connections

Featured in Gauchos of El Dorado (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

I Want to Be a Drummer in the Band
(uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Performed by Gene Krupa and chorus girls
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Escape to 1945
6 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I gave this film "5" out of "10", but there's a caveat.

The movie itself might be described anywhere along the continuim, from "Awful" to "Excellent", depending on what the viewer is looking for. My rating is purely arbitrary.

It's total escapist fare, one of hundreds of films ground out during WWII to divert the American people from the horrors of war for an hour or two, and it must have done its job. It's certainly diverting.

But what it is, more than anything else, is a time capsule of the fashions, manners and mores of a particular time and place. It is the year 1945 preserved in amber, and it was completely dated by 1947.

From the showgirls in the musical numbers - pompadoured, lacquered and outrageously costumed in what looks like whatever the wardrobe department had left over, to the irrepressible Joan Davis dressed to the nines and beyond in shoulder pads, sequins and hair, hair, hair - this picture is a never-ending parade of "What Not to Wear", '40's style, and it's a hoot.

Add a couple of silly romantic sub-plots and the slinky Jane Greer as the backstage back-stabber, and you have the whole package. There's even leading man Phillip Terry - briefly married to Joan Crawford in real life, and the scene-stealing Margaret Hamilton thrown in for good measure. And believe me, anyone who can steal a scene from Joan Davis and Jack Haley in their prime is guilty of grand theft thespeus.

So there you have it. This one is not likely to show up on AFI's list of anything. If you're looking for a Golden Age musical, this isn't it. But if you're in the mood to spend a little time watching how your grandparents did it, this one's for you.


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