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The Knight Is Young (1938)

Approved  |   |  Musical, Romance, Short  |  29 October 1938 (USA)
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June never leaves her apartment, which has a view of an advertising sign of a knight in shining armor. She is two weeks behind in her rent and believes that if she leaves the apartment, the... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
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Master of Ceremonies
Charles O'Donnell & Co ...
Gae Foster Girls ...
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June never leaves her apartment, which has a view of an advertising sign of a knight in shining armor. She is two weeks behind in her rent and believes that if she leaves the apartment, the landlord will never let her back in. The only way she gets food is when her friend, singer Earlayne Schools, brings it to her. One evening June sees Hal, a tap-dancing sign painter, painting over her knight. She explains her predicament, and he does his best to help her out. Written by David Glagovsky <>

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Musical | Romance | Short






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29 October 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Broadway Brevities (1938-1939) #13: The Knight Is Young  »

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Vitaphone production reels B141-B142 See more »


Sign reading "Sign Painter's Ball" should be "Sign Painters' Ball". See more »


Annie Laurie
Music by Lady John Scott
Tap dance performed as part of a medley by the Gae Foster Girls
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June Allyson adds sparkle to Vitaphone short...
27 March 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Strictly for nostalgia fans who want to see how pert JUNE ALLYSON got her start. They can watch her in one of several Vitaphone Brevities at Warner Bros. This is the second one I've seen pairing her with ungainly HAL Le ROY, a dancer from the Ray Bolger school of Terpsichore.

The plot is a silly trifle about a daydreaming girl who talks to billboards (yep, that's practically the whole plot), especially since there's a huge one right outside her window of Sir Galahad. He's about to be painted over by a young man on a scaffold. The two engage in conversation, he dances around on the thin plank, she sings a little, he invites her to the Signpainter's Ball, and uses a ladder to get her away from her apartment where she tells him she's trapped because she hasn't paid her rent.

Story ends at the ball, where he does his own daffy bit of dancing and she joins in.

June smiles through it all, does a little singing and dancing (very little), and it's all over in twenty minutes.

Summing up: Only good for a glimpse of early Allyson. Strictly corn, the kind that was abundantly on display in all of these Vitaphone Brevities.

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