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That's Right - You're Wrong (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 24 November 1939 (USA)
Radio sensation Kay Kyser and his band are lured to Hollywood to make a movie, but the screenwriters assigned to the project have difficulty tailoring a script to Kyser's persona.


David Butler


William M. Conselman (screen play) (as William Conselman), James V. Kern (screen play) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Kay Kyser ... Kay Kyser
Adolphe Menjou ... Stacey Delmore
May Robson ... Grandma
Lucille Ball ... Sandra Sand
Dennis O'Keefe ... Chuck Deems - the Band Manager
Edward Everett Horton ... Tom Village - a Screenwriter
Roscoe Karns ... Mal Stamp
Moroni Olsen ... Jonathan Forbes
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Dwight Cook - a Screenwriter
Kay Kyser Band ... Kay Kyser's Band (as Kay Kyser's Band)
Ginny Simms ... Ginny Simms - Band Singer
Harry Babbitt ... Harry Babbitt
Sully Mason ... Sully Mason
M.A. Bogue ... Ish Kabibble (as Ish Kabibble)


A fictional-story film in which many of the people seen in it are using their real name portraying the character who shows up in this fictional film in a completely fictional-and-staged setting, which means their role name is their own name, and is not any combination of "Self": The fictional J. D. Forbes, head of the (fictional) Four Star Studios in Hollywood, informs his associate producers that business and attendance at Four Star Films has tanked, and changes must be made. J. D. has decided that the movie-going public has to be offered down-to-earth entertainment such as that offered by a band leader named Kay Kyser, who puts on a radio and-live theatre program called "The Kollege of Musical Knowledge," and Forbes dictates to his hirelings to "get me Kay Kyser." When Chuck Deems---a fictional character playing the manager of a 'real' band---gets the studio offer, he and band members Ginny Simms, Sully Mason, Ish Kabiddle, Harry Babbitt and the others are all fired up at the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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'STUDENTS!" Gather 'round for romance, rhythm and roars...in the laugh-swing sensation of the century! See more »


Comedy | Music


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Did You Know?


This movie provides a rare opportunity to see three of the most influential Hollywood columnists active at the time. Sheilah Graham, Hedda Hopper and Jimmy Starr all appear as themselves in the press conference / party scene at the house. See more »


Kay Kyser: It looks like at the age of 32, I've become a problem child!
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Crazy Credits

Listed in the acting credits were "The College of Musical Knowledge", but that referred to Kay Kyser's audience at the radio program, which he called "students." See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


My Mammy
(1921) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Sam Lewis and Joe Young
Played by the Kay Kyser Band at the radio program
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The best of the Kay Kyser films
19 December 2009 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

Most of the other Kay Kyser films that were done in the late 30's and early 40's require a significant historical perspective in order to enjoy them. First, in all of them you need to recognize something about Kyser's act itself, in some of them you need to know something about how the film industry figured into building civilian morale during World War II, and in still others you need specific knowledge of how particular stars were viewed by the public at that time so that the parodies that are part of the plot make sense. This one requires the least background knowledge, although you're not going to like this one if you don't enjoy the big bands of the 30's and 40's and the somewhat corny humor - by today's standards - that was part of the act.

This film has Kyser and his band going out to Hollywood to star in a film at the studio's request. Unbelievably, a plot has been picked out ahead of time by the studio without anyone knowing what Kyser looks like. He's been slated as a romantic lead, and the film's producer and the writers are horrified when they see that Kyser is not a classically good-looking guy. Kay has to deal with the fact that his band members seem to be going Hollywood on him, and the producer (Adolphe Menjou) has to find a way to manipulate Kay into wanting out of his movie contract without causing any hard feelings - the studio head is a big Kay Kyser fan. However, Kay turns the tables on Menjou's character quite comically.

Look for a very young Lucille Ball in a small part as Sandra Sand, the actress that has been chosen as the romantic lead for Kyser in his first film. The two are quite hilarious together in Kay's screen test, and Ms. Ball shows us a glimpse of the great comedienne she'll be on TV in the 50's and beyond.

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Release Date:

24 November 1939 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$253,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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