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Some Like It Hot (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 19 May 1939 (USA)
Nicky Nelson is a fast-talking sideshow barker with a wax-and-alive concession on Atlantic City's boardwalk. Even with the band of his friend, struggling musician Gene Krupa, playing on the... See full summary »

Director:

George Archainbaud

Writers:

Ben Hecht (play), Gene Fowler (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bob Hope ... Nicky Nelson
Shirley Ross ... Lily Racquel
Una Merkel ... Flo Saunders
Gene Krupa ... Gene Krupa
Rufe Davis ... Stoney
Bernard Nedell ... Stephen Hanratty
Frank Sully ... Sailor Burke / The Living Corpse
Bernadene Hayes ... Miss Marble
Richard Denning ... Mr. Weems
Clarence Wilson ... Mr. Ives
Dudley Dickerson ... Sam
Harry Barris ... Harry, Piano Player
Wayne 'Tiny' Whitt Wayne 'Tiny' Whitt ... Bass Fiddler
J. Scott Smart ... Joe - Hamburger Man (as Jack Smart)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bobby Dease Bobby Dease ... Man
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Nicky Nelson is a fast-talking sideshow barker with a wax-and-alive concession on Atlantic City's boardwalk. Even with the band of his friend, struggling musician Gene Krupa, playing on the sidewalk to attract the customers, "The Living Corpse" and other low-rent acts aren't enough to lure the seen-it-all boardwalk strollers, and the landlord closes the show in lieu of never-paid rent. Nicky, always promoting, goes to Stephen Hanratty, head of the pier's Dance Pavilion, to plug Krupa's band as an attraction, but Hanratty won't even listen to them. But, while there, he meets singer Lily Racquel, who knows he is a phoney but might have the ability to to talk a radio-station manager into giving her an audition. She gives him a ring to help finance the project; he promptly loses it in a crap-game. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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HOWL with this great comedy cast! (original poster) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rhythm Romance See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

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Version of Shoot the Works (1934) See more »

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Blue Rhythm Fantasy
Written by Gene Krupa
Performed by Gene Krupa and His Band
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Dismal early Hope film has Shirley Ross as his singing partner...
16 July 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

BOB HOPE had some weak comedy material in his time but this has got to be one of the worst. At least '39 is the year he also had THE CAT AND THE CANARY which launched his career big time.

Plot is a trifle that has Hope as a down on his luck song composer working at the fairgrounds and finding his luck changes when he meets aspiring singer SHIRLEY ROSS. Ross has a pleasant personality but is pretty bland, serving only to be a foil for Hope's occasional one-liners which have less sting than usual in the trite script.

At least whatever energy the film has is due to GENE KRUPA who gets to beat his drum and lead his band and even has an acting role in this one--but the less said about that the better.

Summing up: As corny and trite as anything Hope ever did at Paramount with only one fairly interesting song getting the spotlight.


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