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Shoe Shine Boy (1943)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Musical, Short  |  25 December 1943 (USA)
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A Young shoeshine boy must earn $6 by the end of the day so he can buy a second-hand bugle, because the next day he is going into the U.S. Army.



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Complete credited cast:
Mel Bryant ...
Shoe Shine Boy (as Melvin Bryant)
Sam Levene ...
Walter Catlett ...


A show shine boy loves to listen to the horn more than anything. As such, he places a deposit for a bugle from a second hand shop, he needing to come up with an additional $2 to get the bugle, which he knows he will never get unless he comes up with the money before the store closes at the end of the day. As he hustles for business at a bar to raise that $2, the boy comes across two talent agents, Garry Goff and Lucky, who, on a lark, ask the boy to play the trumpet belonging to the bar's band's trumpet player. That incident promises to change the boy's life, but he may have other more pressing issues on his mind for just wanting the $2 to buy that second hand bugle. Written by Huggo

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Drama | Musical | Short






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25 December 1943 (USA)  »

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A great musical short.
26 April 1999 | by (Springfield, VA) – See all my reviews

The inane story is no worse than typical for a musical -- better than many: unknown kid wanders in off the street trying to earn a few bucks to buy a horn at a pawnshop, borrows a trumpet from a bandman and astounds everyone with a marvelous blues jazz number. The music would be worth the price of admission for a full feature film. You can even forgive the sticky flag-waving finale. (We tolerated, if not applauded, those things in 1942, but even those of us who lived through the era can recognize it as overdone now.}

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