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The government has set up a special agency to stamp out what it considers the number one public menace: the jitterbug. They aren't after the many followers, but the primary perpetrator of the jitterbug, who they've coined "Public Jitterbug No. 1". Hal Sturges is one of several agents working on the case who goes undercover as a dancer in Broadway haunts to find and capture Public Jitterbug No. 1. In his investigation, Hal runs across the beautiful Betty, a seemingly innocent bystander. Hal and Betty fall for each other. However Betty is unaware that Hal is a federal agent, and Hal is unaware that Betty is Public Jitterbug No. 1. Will their roles as agent and public menace number one take priority over their roles of man and woman? Written by Huggo

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4 May 1939 (USA)  »

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Broadway Brevities (1939-1940 season) #8: Public Jitterbug Number One  »

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I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart
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Written by Patsy Montana (as Rubye Blevins)
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Betty Hutton as Public Jitterbug #1
5 December 2009 | by (Orlando, United States) – See all my reviews

The reason to see this is because it features two songs by an 18 year old Betty Hutton. It is on a DVD release of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers' eight film "Carefree" and on Betty Hutton's Satinsandspurs.com site. There are three other interesting vaudeville acts, so fans of vaudeville might be interested in it for that reason, but I'm a Betty Hutton fan, so the five minutes that she appears makes the film worth seeing for me.

Betty was a superstar for 15 years from circa 1942 to circa 1957(although she continued to entertain for 30 more years). It is great to see her here as Public Jitterbug #1. You can see how talented she is, even at age 18. She steals the picture.


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