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Lili Pons and Jack Oakie star as a nightclub singer with aspires to be an opera diva and the met star whom she chases all the way to a safari in Africa to make her dreams come true in this wacky musical comedy.
Jimmy, a bookie cum horse buying agent, meets a beautiful dance hall girl. After leading him on, and out of his money, she rejects him. Jimmy hatches a scheme to wreak revenge on her. He pretends to be a talent agent and that she is his new discovery. he promises to make her a stage star. He engages an out of work Gilbert & Sullivan troupe on a performance of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado in order to convince the girl that he is for real. All goes well and his scheme works. The only problem is that the girl now loves him, as does the entire, previously down on their luck troupe of players.Written by
If you like a simple movie that leaves you happy, this is the film for you.
I first saw this movie more than forty years ago. I only saw it once, but I've never forgotten it, or the wonderful part-performance of The Mikado that featured in it. I've been searching for its name for ages.
Thanks to the IMDb community, I finally learned the name of this gem and found a copy on the film archive. I just watched it last night again. It is a simple story, but it isn't over-sentimental and leaves the viewer feeling great. I enjoyed it as much last night as I did when younger.
The story is about Jimmy, who earns a living with his business partners by gambling and acting as selling agent in racehorses. No woman would ever get the better of him. He was too smart and tough.
One night, as he returns home with his business partners, he sees a poster of a beautiful dance hall girl outside a dance hall. He goes in to meet the girl with a plan of spending no more than $10 (it is the 1930's remember) but is film-flammed for all of his money. The dance hall specialises in separating men from their money and this girl is their star film-flammer.
Jimmy sets out to wreak revenge on the girl by pretending to be a talent scout and that he sees a new Broadway star in the girl. He convinces her that he will make her a star and that she will debut in a musical.
Add to that a troupe of Gilbert and Sullivan performers whose stars have waned, eking out a sad existence by running a diner. They are sad people who dream of a comeback one day. Then Jimmy tells them that he wants them for a new show and suddenly the troupe comes to life. The actors who play these troupe-players makes the movie. They are brilliant and their performance of the music is spot on.
Will Jimmy wreak his revenge, or will he repent? Will the show go on or fold after one performance?
Watch it and see.
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