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Zis Boom Bah (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 7 November 1941 (USA)
"Hey, kids, let's get together and put on a show!" That's the idea behind this raucous spoof about a vaudeville performer who goes to college to spy on her bratty son.

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William Nigh

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Connie Lee (original story), Harvey Gates (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Grace Hayes ... Grace Hayes
Peter Lind Hayes ... Peter Kendricks
Mary Healy ... Mary Healy
Huntz Hall ... Skeets Skillhorn
Jan Wiley ... Annabella
Frank Elliott ... Mr. Kendricks (as Frank Elliot)
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Proffessor Warren (as Skeets Gallegher)
Benny Rubin ... Nick (as Benny Ruben)
Eddie Kane Eddie Kane ... James J. Kane (as Ed Kane)
Leonard Sues Leonard Sues ... Noisey
Roland Dupree Roland Dupree ... Pee Wee
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Storyline

"Hey, kids, let's get together and put on a show!" That's the idea behind this raucous spoof about a vaudeville performer who goes to college to spy on her bratty son. Written by Alessandro Martini <alemartini@geocities.com>

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

College Sweethearts See more »

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Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film's scenario was written with Grace Hayes, who actually was from vaudeville, as the vaudevillian mother. Her real life son, Peter Lind Hayes, who was part of their act, as Grace Hayes film's son who goes off to college. The musical comedy film's plot had been proposed to the authors/screen writers as a vehicle for the pair by Peter Lind Hayes. See more »

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Zis Boom Bah
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Tap Danced to by Roland Dupree (uncredited) and Benny Rubin (uncredited)...and most of the cast at various times in various tempos and arrangements. Accompanied by Peter Lind Hayes on the drums.
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Zis Boom Bah is an obscure 'B' with some amusing moments
20 January 2008 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Having some idle time before going to work, I looked at my "50 Movie Pack Comedy Classics" DVD collection and picked the most obscure title in the pack: Zis Boom Bah starring a forgotten Grace Hayes. "Classics" is obviously the operative word here since most of the titles I've never heard of and I suspect they're all in the public domain. Anyway, this movie also stars her son Peter Lind and his wife Mary Healy (who I just found out is a New Orleans native from the state I live in, Louisiana) with Benny Rubin as a malt shop proprietor and Huntz Hall, taking a break from the East Side Kids, as Peter's buddy. The plot, about a vaudeville mother trying to turn her rich carefree son into a responsible one with him unaware of who she is, is for the birds and doesn't have many funny scenes though I did like Peter's celebrity impersonations and his dance with Hall in drag. And the songs and dances are entertaining in themselves. Rubin, however, is all over the place with his confusion of the American vernacular of the time and almost everything concerning him makes no sense whatsoever (though I did like his funny dance). Since this was only 61 minutes that I'm sure played on the lower-half of the double feature bill, I'll be charitable and give this one a 3 for the few entertaining bits that I mentioned enjoying.


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