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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.

Director:

David Butler

Writers:

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

Rip My Rompers, Look Who's Here! in The Laugh-Swing Sensation Of The Century! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

In the movie, Kay Kyser mentions having come from Rocky Mount, North Carolina. That was his real home town, and also the birthplace of modern jazz musician Thelonious Monk. See more »

Quotes

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Africa Squeaks (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

The Volga Boatman
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Hummed by Edward Everett Horton
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A Delight
15 July 2008 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

This is Kyser's first film and it sparkles with bounce and personality. Credit director Butler for keeping things moving, and band members for showing that making music is not their only talent. Kyser himself is a delight with real comedic skill. I like the way he allows his plain looks to blend into the story-line; at the same time, it's rather refreshing to see a less-than-handsome face in the starring role. And, of course, there's the lovely and toothsome Ginny Simms, singing her way into my heart, at least. I gather Kyser's band were not concert performers like Goodman's, Dorsey's or Miller's, but were more for fun and sheer entertainment. They certainly succeed here.

The story itself amounts to a clever spoof on movie-making, with Menjou as the studio schemer, and includes assorted real-life gossipers of the day like Hedda Hopper. And, oh yes, mustn't forget the hilarious screen test, where Lucille Ball matches Kyser pratfall for pratfall. Knowing how her career will eventually turn out, this is a tasty glimpse of things to come. Then there's the old gal who plays Grandma (May Robson) who is a real hoot with genuine sass and sparkle. We also get about 20 minutes of the Kyser radio show Kollege of Musical Knowledge. It's enlightening for those of us not old enough to remember; however, I think 10 minutes would have been enough. Nonetheless, the movie never drags, and is really a lot more fun than many other musicals featuring bigger name bands and celebrities. All in all, "That's Right..." amounts to an unexpected movie delight.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$253,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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