Band leader Jack Conrad is impressed by prison inmate Ray Ferrera on saxophone. Conrad hires Ray to join his band and tour upon his release. Ray hooks up with Jean, a dancer in the show, ...
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Band leader Jack Conrad is impressed by prison inmate Ray Ferrera on saxophone. Conrad hires Ray to join his band and tour upon his release. Ray hooks up with Jean, a dancer in the show, and the two become a successful dance act. However, when an ex-inmate buddy of Ray's robs the tour bus, Ray is suspected of wrongdoing by Jack and the others in the group. After a gang of thugs hijacks the tour bus, Ray tries to use his street smarts to redeem his reputation.Written by
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GEO. RAFT and BEN BERNIE and All His Lads in the season's leading musical the mosta of the besta...full of harmony, happiness and hysterics, s'help me! (Print Ad- Lodi News, ((Lodi, Calif.)) 19 June 1935) See more »
Much more diverting than it sounds; for the first half of its running time this seems merely an amiably inconsequential series of musical numbers without anything resembling a plot but sufficing nonetheless. (Spoiler coming:) Then suddenly gangsters are added to the mix to generate enough action for a separate film in its own right and a climax worthy of late thirties Warner Bros. at its grittiest!
Looking good thanks to veteran cameraman Harry Fischbeck and slickly edited by Otho Lovering, the proceedings are presided over with unctuous charm by Ben Bernie travelling about the Midwest in an amazing futurist bus. A youthful George Raft in his early song-and-dance man persona makes a surprisingly engaging hero surrounded by a lively cast (many of them uncredited) including both gals and gangsters, with tall, horsey-faced Goodee Montgomery briefly proving to be more than just good with a wisecrack when brought onstage to perform at one point as an eccentric dancer.
Great fun and a neglected find well worth catching!
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