April Showers (1948)

Approved  |   |  Musical  |  27 March 1948 (USA)
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A married couple who have a song-and-dance act in vaudeville are in trouble. Their struggling act is going nowhere, they're almost broke and they have to do something to get them back on ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Robert Alda ...
Robert Ellis ...
Buster Tyme
Richard Rober ...
Al Wilson
Joseph Crehan ...
William Barnes
John Gallaudet ...
Mr. Gordon
Philip Van Zandt ...
Harry Swift


A married couple who have a song-and-dance act in vaudeville are in trouble. Their struggling act is going nowhere, they're almost broke and they have to do something to get them back on top or they'll really be in trouble. They decide to put their young son in the act in hopes of attracting some new attention. The boy turns out to be a major talent, audiences love him and the act is on its way to the top. That's when an organization whose purpose is to stop children from performing on stage shows up, and they're dead set on breaking up the act. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

27 March 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Esquece Teus Pesares  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Buster's "adult midget voice" is a voiceover from the incomparable Mel Blanc - the voice of Bugs Bunny. See more »


Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #8.2 (1957) See more »


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Music by Percy Wenrich
Lyrics by Edward Madden
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nice movie but the midget bit is very un-pc
18 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"April Showers" is a cute musical starring Ann Sothern, Jack Carson, Bobby Ellis, Robert Alda, and S.J. Sakall.

The film is based on the true story of Buster Keaton, who was responsible for making his parents' vaudeville act successful.

Sothern and Carson are husband and wife Joe and June Tyme, vaudevillians who have a lousy show and, when we first come upon them, are fired from their job. However, Joe is always upbeat, and the couple is in love. Plus, they stay at a place where the proprietor (Sakall) carries them.

Their son Buster is away at school but is desperate to join his parents' act. He finally shows up and does so. The act becomes a huge hit with the talented dancer and comic working with them, and they ultimately receive an invitation to play New York. When they arrive, the theater manager is appalled -- Billy is underage and the local children's society will not allow him to work.

Their troubles are just beginning, as Joe gradually loses his good humor and takes up a battle with the bottle.

Everyone is very good, with Sothern singing beautifully. Carson sang beautifully as well, and I think it was his voice, as he was a singer. Bobby Ellis was wonderful. The numbers are cute but not spectacular.

I guess I would say there just isn't anything special enough to separate this out from other musicals of the era. The actors rose above the material.

There is one section where Bobby imitates a midget (and is dubbed by Mel Blanc) to convince the children's group in New York that he can work -- very politically incorrect. Things like that in old films can be quite jarring. Is it as jarring as seeing Katharine Hepburn as a Chinese woman in Dragon Seed? No, but it's noticeably in bad taste.

Some enjoyable moments. Sadly, Carson died at 53 and Bobby Ellis at 40. Two talented people, dead too soon.

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