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
It's the swellest. It's the cream of the silver screen. It's got buckets of tears and a million laughs.
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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
Funny, isn't it? How many times your guts can get a slap in the face.
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