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Make Believe Ballroom (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 1 April 1949 (USA)
Liza Lee, fast-talking press agent for Al Jarvis, persuades Jarvis to stage a Musical Mystery Contest, with a $5000 prize to the person who can first name the most musical numbers and their... See full summary »

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Leslie Todd
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Josie Marlow
Al Jarvis ...
Al Jarvis - Disc Jockey
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Trio Leader (as King Cole Trio)
The King Cole Trio ...
King Cole Trio
Toni Harper ...
Singer Toni Harper
Jack Smith ...
Singer Jack Smith
Kay Starr ...
Singer Kay Starr
The Sportsmen Quartet ...
The Sportsmen Quartet (as The Sportsmen)
Charlie Barnet ...
Band Leader Charlie Barnet
Jimmy Dorsey ...
Jan Garber ...
Band Leader Jan Garber
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Liza Lee, fast-talking press agent for Al Jarvis, persuades Jarvis to stage a Musical Mystery Contest, with a $5000 prize to the person who can first name the most musical numbers and their performers. Drive-in carhops Gene Thomas ) and Josie Marlow run neck-and-neck in the contest, They are friendly rivals until college professor Leslie Todd begins courting Josie. Gene is thrown out of the contest on the grounds he tried to bribe sound engineer Jerskin Elliott into telling him the name and performer of the final, deciding mystery tune. Believing that Gene is innocent, Josie tricks a confession out of Elliott and clears Gene for the grand finale. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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1 April 1949 (USA)  »

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Swingens mästare  »

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The Trouble With Me is You
Written by Jack Segal and George Handy
Performed by The King Cole Trio, with Nat 'King' Cole and piano and singing
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Great Music Film
18 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

80 minutes of some of the best musicians and singers around, including: Frankie Laine, Kay Starr, The Nat Cole Trio, Gene Krupa, Jimmy Dorsey, Charlie Barnett, Jack Smith and more. The story about two carhops competing in a "name that tune" radio contest serves as a pleasant link between songs.

Frankie Laine sings his million seller, "On The Sunny Side Of The Street," Kay Starr scores with "I'm The Loneliest Girl In Town," and Jerome Courtland (the male carhop) serves up a beautiful recording of "It's A Blue World." For big band fans there's a killer jam session with Jimmy Dorsey, Pee Wee Hunt, Charlie Barnett and Jan Garber.

The script is witty and fast-paced and the fun never lags.


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