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After undergoing a throat operation, Sach discovers that he now possesses a beautiful singing voice. Slip and the gang try to figure out ways to make money off of it.



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Complete credited cast:
Leo Gorcey ...
Huntz Hall ...
Adele Jergens ...
Lola Stanton
Gabriel Dell ...
Craig Stevens ...
Rick Martin
Phyllis Coates ...
Sally Dolan
Bernard Gorcey ...
William 'Billy' Benedict ...
Whitey (as William Benedict)
Buddy Gorman ...
David Gorcey ...
Paul Bryar ...
Matty King ...
Joe Ricco
Sailor Vincent ...
Teddy Davis (as William Vincent)


After undergoing a throat operation, Sach discovers that he now possesses a beautiful singing voice. Slip and the gang try to figure out ways to make money off of it.

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6 GREAT SONGS (original ad - all caps) See more »


Comedy | Musical






Release Date:

29 October 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bowery Thrush  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Shot in six days. See more »


Followed by In the Money (1958) See more »


Dixie's Land
Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Sung by Leo Gorcey
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Bowery Boys #20
17 August 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Blues Busters (1950)

** (out of 4)

Sach (Huntz Hall) goes into the hospital to have his tonsils removed and when he comes out he has an amazing, crooning singing voice. Slip (Leo Gorcey) decides to make money off of him so they turn Louie's shop into a nightclub but this causes trouble with the club owner across the street. Number twenty in the series is one of the lesser entries as it starts off pretty well but the one-joke nature gets tiresome rather quick and in the end I had a hard time making it through the rather short 67-minute running time. The early jokes in the hospital were pretty funny as were the scenes where Hall discovers his talent but after this it's one boring joke after another. As I go through this series I'm starting to re-think my opinion on director Beaudine who previously had been a favorite of mine. When you see the style of his films and compare them to other director's in the series you really start to see a product that is rather rushed and one that really doesn't look like a "B" picture. There were several sequences that just seemed like they were under performed and that a little better editing and perhaps a different take would have made the scene better. For the most part we get a one-joke film as Sach becomes a hot property and you've got two sides fighting over him. The one thing I didn't understand is that, in the end, Louie is broke yet they had a pack house for three shows a night so why he was broke at the end is beyond me but then again, perhaps I'm just putting too much thought into it. I think Hall is in pretty good form as he is obviously having a good time singing even though he's dubbed. His "acting" of a crooner was pretty good and his facial gestures at least gave us a few nice laughs. Gorcey, both father and son, are also in good form but Gabriel Dell is pretty must wasted in his part. I wasn't too impressed with any of the supporting players as they all struck me as being underwritten and none of the performers brought anything to the role. The real stand out here is John Lorenz who dubs Hall and I must admit that I really enjoyed the songs and his voice. However, this is a comedy and I just didn't laugh enough to make the film work.

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