On a desktop with many books, familiar characters in literature (such as Captain Kidd, Huckleberry Finn, Robinson Crusoe, and Rip Van Winkle) come out of their books after dark. When the ... See full summary »

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On a desktop with many books, familiar characters in literature (such as Captain Kidd, Huckleberry Finn, Robinson Crusoe, and Rip Van Winkle) come out of their books after dark. When the book "Minstrel Days" is placed on the desk, the people who emerge from this book put on an old fashioned minstrel show, with comedians, an orchestra, chorus, and dancing girls. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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3 February 1940 (USA)  »

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Broadway Brevities (1939-1940 season) #5: One for the Book  »

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Love Will Find a Way
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Music by Eubie Blake
Lyrics by Noble Sissle
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Decent If Old Fashioned
29 August 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

One for the Book (1940)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Decent musical from Warner features Betty Hutton playing a singing Cinderella. The film takes place on a book shelf where several famous characters come out of the books for some nice music. Captain Kidd, Huck Finn, Ben-Hur, Rip Van Winkle and Robinson Crusoe are a few of the other characters who show up. Fans of Hutton will certainly want to check this short out as she clearly steals the film with her Jitterbug singing that really packs a nice punch and makes for a fun time. The story itself doesn't make a bit of sense and at times gets downright confusing but we can overlook this. Some will probably be offended by the politically incorrect humor, which includes actors in blackface talking black slang. Having seen enough of this humor, I know this is just a part of film history so I don't get offended by it even though it's incredibly out of touch with today's common sense. With that said, it really brings the film down because the humor is just lame and not funny at all.


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