Egotistical vaudevillian Bill Miller basks in the limelight with his successful musical-comedy act, but his success is due to his unheralded second banana.

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Bill Miller is an unsuccessful Broadway performer until his handlers convince him to enhance his act with a stooge - Ted Rogers, a guy positioned in the audience to be the butt of Bill's jokes. But Ted begins to steal the show. Bill's girlfriend and his pals tell him to make Ted an equal partner. Complications occur, while Bill sings and Ted gets the laughs. Written by erasmus

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A RIOTOUS MUSICAL RAMPAGE! (original print ad - all caps)


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31 December 1952 (USA)  »

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Though filmed in 1951, it was held up release till 1953 because Paramount was unsure of its box office appeal due to its extensive dramatic moments. See more »

Quotes

Theodore 'Ted' Rogers: [to Frecklehead] How long have you had freckles?
Genevieve 'Frecklehead' Tait: All my life! I hate them!
Theodore 'Ted' Rogers: Well, I think they are very becoming.
Genevieve 'Frecklehead' Tait: [Angrily] Shows what you know!
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Featured in Jerry Lewis - König der Komödianten (2006) See more »

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I'm Yours
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Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Music by Johnny Green
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It helped me really get into older black and white films
13 January 2006 | by (Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA) – See all my reviews

I'm 25 years old and have always had a huge respect for Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin. I hope one day to shake the hand of Jerry Lewis. Thing is, I never really sat down through any of their full length films because I'm your typical new movie kinda guy. I like to see what's just coming out in theaters and these older movies, well I usually just think of them as having poor quality and over drawn out moments. I caught this film on HBO and was absolutely hooked. Everything was so beautiful, so perfect in this film. The acting is terrific. The only thing that could have made this film even better is if they showed a few more cars but hey, we can't have everything, and well, I'm just a major car guy. The movie was made in 1953, pardon me, released in 1953. My daily driver is a 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air. This movie has really fired me up to watch a lot of older films. Pretty soon I'm sure I'll be commenting on a few others. I'm filling up my DVR with everything 50's and back as we speak. Here's the thing, I love new movies and anytime I find a new release that is set back in the 50's, I'm a major sucker for it. With this, there is no error in these movies; no "hey did you see that? That was a 1980's van in the background!" Okay, yes it's a bit cheesy but this movie really gave me a lot of inspiration to watch more classics. I LOVE this film!


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