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Mac Brewster (Benny) is head of an advertising firm that is in debt. The million-dollar Townsend Silver contract could save the firm, but the wealthy playboy Alan Townsend (Arlen) wants an amateur from high society rather than a professional model to become "the Townsend Girl." Upset that she was passed over sight-unseen as a professional, Brewster's top model (Lupino) goes to Miami with plans to bump into Townsend and pass as a society debutante.Written by
One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Toledo Saturday 10 January 1959 on WTOL (Channel 11); it first aired in Omaha 31 May 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), in Phoenix 27 July 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), in Seattle 12 August 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), in Grand Rapids 30 October 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), in St. Louis 25 February 1960 on KMOX (Channel 4), in Champaign, Illinois 2 March 1960 on WCIA (Channel 3), in Columbus 16 March 1960 on WBNS (Channel 10), in Los Angeles 25 September 1960 on KNXT (Channel 2), and in Indianapolis 22 December 1960, where it was introduced by former actress Frances Farmer on Frances Farmer Presents on WFBM (Channel 6). It was first released on DVD 7 August 2012 as one of 4 titles in TCM's 1930's Universal Rarities Collection. See more »
A sequence showing Louis Armstrong and Martha Raye performing together was ordered removed by some southern US distributors. See more »
Fun collection of stars! Jack Benny stars (without "Rochesterrrrr") in a love quadrangle, and right up to the end, we're not sure just who will end up with whom. Benny is Brewster, who handles the advertising for Alan Townsend (Richard Arlen). The lovely and talented women involved are Paula (Ida Lupino) and Cynthia (Gail Patrick). They sure got their money's worth out of Louis Armstrong and Martha Raye... they do a medley of songs and dance that just goes on and on....Martha Raye in blackface, which so many movies thought they had to do to be hip at the time. Look for Donald Meek as the doctor (worked with WC Fields and all the others) and Hedda Hopper as the rich society dame. Probably the best part of all this is Judy Canova, who sings a fun, lively, saucy number WHILE taking bubble bath. Too bad they didn't put her in more films. Look for a bit with Rube Goldberg. There's a cute bit with violins and orchestra instruments that play themselves. In several scenes, the audio is a little off from the video. Also, the ending is a little abrupt, but all the loose ends are neatly tied up. Lots of fun subtle jokes where Benny lets the costar tell the joke. Ongoing gag with the telephone, but you'll have to watch to hear it. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song "Whispers in the Dark".
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