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Boy! What a Girl! (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 7 April 1947 (USA)
A couple of theatrical producers try to get backing for their musical show.



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Complete credited cast:
Tim Moore ...
Elwood Smith ...
Duke Williams ...
Harry Diggs
Alan Jackson ...
Mr. Cummings
Francine Cummings
Betti Mays ...
Cristola Cummings
Sybil Lewis ...
Mme. Deborah Martin
Warren Patterson ...
Donaldson (the landlord)
Slam Stewart ...
Slam (as Slam Stewart Trio)
Deek Watson ...
Himself (as Deek Watson and the Brown Dots)
Sidney Catlett ...
Himself (as Big Sid Catlett)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
International Jitterbugs ...
Themselves (as Harlemaniacs)
Basil Spears


Two small-time (aspiring to be big-time) producers are trying to convince a Chicago businessman to finance half of their show, while the other half is to be financed by a mysterious Mme. Deborah. But when Madame Deborah is not on hand to meet the money-man from Chicago, an ex-prizefighter is dressed to pose as her. Music and dancing provided by Deek Watson and His Brown Dots, 'Big' Sid Catlett and his band, and Ann Cornell and the International Jitterbugs. Drummer Gene Krupa has a drumming cameo. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Musical






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1.37 : 1
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Although he had minor roles in several films in the 1930s, this was the only starring role in a feature film for Tim Moore. See more »


Crazy riffin'
Words and Music by Walter Fuller and Robert Brown
Performed by Betti Mays, accompanied by Sidney Catlett and his band
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Entertaining Race Movie
28 February 2017 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Boy! What a Girl! (1947)

*** (out of 4)

A couple low-level producers who can't even pay their rent are trying to raise enough funds to put on a show. They finally get a mysterious backer but when they think she has backed out they must try other means.

BOY! WHAT A GIRL! is a pretty typical race film from this era as it was done on an extremely low-budget and there's very little plot. Instead of any detailed plot, what we're basically given are a bunch of musical numbers and that there alone really makes this worth watching. In fact, I'd argue that the story itself was a tad bit better than you normally see and on the whole this was an entertaining picture.

One of the highlights of the picture is Tim "Kingfish" Moore who would go onto play in the television series Amon 'n Andy. Fans of that show will certainly enjoy this performance as the actor appears in drag and makes for some very funny scenes when he's on screen. I also liked all of the supporting players and found the performances to be much better than what you'd typically see in these race pictures. Both Alan Jackson and especially Warren Patterson were funny in their roles.

The music numbers were actually very good throughout. We got some good dance numbers as well as some terrific jazz and there's even a cameo by Gene Krupa himself. The film clocks in at just 70-minutes so it goes by extremely fast and there's no question that it's highly entertaining despite its budget.

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