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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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
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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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In the original theatrical release "Dynamite Hands," which was filmed in color was printed in black and white. The home video version uses the original color footage. Contrary to rumors, the video version was not colorized. See more »

Quotes

Joey Popchik: You know what they charge for an eye? An arm and a leg.
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Spoofs The Dawn Patrol (1938) See more »

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It'll put a smile on your face
19 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

For anyone who has grown up loving Hollywood musicals, the second half of this film is an absolute joy. Stanley Donen, who has arguably directed the greatest of these, had a chance to create an homage to them which includes every silly musical plot and song and dance device he could think of. Barry Bostwick's first number will knock your socks off and the finale (including dancers on bikes!) will put a grin on your face from start to finish. Watch for Stanley Donen's cameo as a cab driver.


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