Three movie genres of the 1930s, boxing films, WWI aviation dramas, and backstage Broadway musicals, are satirized using the same cast.

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Gloves Malloy / Spats Baxter
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Betsy McGuire / Isobel Stuart
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Peanuts / Jinks Murphy
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Vince Marlow / Pop
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Joey Popchik
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Troubles Moran
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Mama Popchik / Mrs. Updike
Michael Kidd ...
Pop Popchik
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Angie Popchik
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Johnny Danko / Dick Cummings
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Doctor Blaine / Doctor Bowers
Clay Hodges ...
Sailor Lawson
George P. Wilbur ...
Tony Norton
Peter Stader ...
Barney Keegle (as Peter T. Stader)
Jimmy Lennon Sr. ...
The Announcer (as James Lennon)
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Three movie genres of the 1930s are satirized in this spoof of the traditional double feature. In "Dynamite Hands" a delivery boy turns prizefighter in order to raise enough money for his kid sister's eye operation. Later, however, he turns his back on his father-figure manager and librarian girlfriend when he is distracted by a flashy gangster and sexy night club diva. Intermission has a coming-attractions trailer for "Zero Hour," a World War I aviation drama. In the second feature, "Baxter's Beauties of 1933" a Broadway impresario hears he has only a month to live and is determined to mount one more hit on the boards. When his drunken diva of a star cannot go on opening night, he finds that the ingénue he chooses to replace her is his long-estranged daughter, whom he has not seen since she was a girl. All three stories feature the same cast in repertoire. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Starring George C. Scott...TWICE! See more »

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Comedy | Musical | Sport

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15 June 1979 (Ireland)  »

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Director Stanley Donen has two uncredited cameo roles in the film. In "Dynamite Hands" he plays the nightclub emcee who introduces Troubles Moran. In "Baxter's Beauties" he is the cab driver who is surprised by a large tip from George C. Scott playing musical producer Spats Baxter. See more »

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Announcer: Fight with them! Laugh with them! Love with them! And even die with them the death of heroes who will live forever!
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Spoofs The Dawn Patrol (1938) See more »

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the difference language and culture can make
24 August 2002 | by (San Diego, USA) – See all my reviews

I viewed this movie in Israel, where it was shown with subtiles. Whilst discusing the movie what stood out was how those who had relied only on the text viewed it as a serious presentation exactly as the style/era that it was spofing. Contrast this with native English speakers, who also were familiar with the era could detect the various sendups and would frequently burst out in peals of laughter. All in all I found it very well presented and acted, well worth viewing both for it's content and social comment.


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