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How to Be Very, Very Popular (1955)

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2 girls on the lam hide out in a college fraternity.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stormy Tornado
Curly Flagg
Fillmore 'Wedge' Wedgewood
Dr. Tweed
Eddie Jones
Toby Marshall
B.J. Marshall
Charlotte Austin ...
Alice Pearce ...
Miss 'Syl' Sylvester
Cedric Flagg
Andrew Tombes ...
Police Sgt. Moon
Noel Toy ...
Cherry Blossom Wang
Emory Parnell ...
Chief of Police
Harry Carter ...
Bus Driver
Jesslyn Fax ...
Music Teacher


Song-and-dance girls Curly and Stormy Tornado hide out with the guys at Bristol College when they know they can identify the killer of a fellow performer at their San Francisco cabaret. But they rather stand out in their stage costumes and soon all sorts of trouble is heading their way. The fact that Curly has been hypnotised doesn't help. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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Release Date:

6 January 1956 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

How to Be Very, Very Popular  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


A December 1954 item in Hollywood Reporter's "Rambling Reporter" column indicated that the studio wanted Marilyn Monroe to appear in the film with Jane Russell, her co-star in the studio's highly successful 1953 production _Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953_). See more »


Eddie Jones: Do you know what Salome does?
Curly: Salome dances!
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Referenced in Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996) See more »


Shake, Rattle and Roll
Written by Charles F. Calhoun
Played by the band at commencement
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"Somebody shot the stripper!" ... "What's a-matter? She wouldn't take it off?"
22 February 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Anemic comedy--a non-musical remake of 1934's "She Loves Me Not"--written by producer-director Nunally Johnson, who based his screenplay on the first version, which was adapted from both Ed Hope's book and Howard Lindsay's play, which was itself reworked in 1942 as "True to the Army" (!). With such a lopsided pedigree, it isn't any wonder why the finished results are so tepid. Betty Grable and Sheree North are "hoochie koochie" dancers in San Francisco who take it on the lam after witnessing a shooting at their dive in Chinatown; seeking refuge in a college fraternity house, North is inadvertently hypnotized by an amateur psychology major. Terrible acting, ugly decor, poor cinematography, and moldy attempts at 'modern' humor set aside, one can hardly keep from laughing when chorine Grable is described as a dancer in her twenties. This project was a hand-me-down from Grable's "How to Marry a Millionaire" co-star Marilyn Monroe after she bowed out; sadly, it was Betty Grable's final film. Shrill, desperate, and unrelievedly dull. * from ****

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