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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
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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 »
Dismal early Hope film has Shirley Ross as his singing partner...
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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