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Four Jacks and a Jill (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 23 January 1942 (USA)
Four struggling musicians lose their vocalist at the insistence of her gangster boyfriend. They find a replacement in an innocent young woman being courted by a cabbie pretending to be a king.

Director:

Jack Hively

Writers:

John Twist (screenplay), Monte Brice (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ray Bolger ... Nifty Sullivan
Anne Shirley ... Karanina 'Nina' Novak
June Havoc ... Opal
Desi Arnaz ... Steve Sarto / King Stephan VIII of Aregal
Jack Durant ... Noodle McArdle
Eddie Foy Jr. ... Happy McScud
Fritz Feld ... Mr. Hoople
Henry Daniell ... Bobo
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Storyline

Karanina "Nina" Novak (Anne Shirley), is befriended by Nifty (Ray Bolger), the leader of a four-piece orchestra, and in return, secures an engagement for them at the Little Aregal Cafe, with herself as the vocalist, by pretending she once knew the King Stephan VIII of Aregal back in the old country. Steve (Desi Arnaz) shows up pretending to be the King of Aregal, and complicates the growing romance between Nina and Nifty. When Steve runs off with Opal (June Havoc), the real King of Aregal (also Desi Arnaz) appears and complicates things again. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

BLONDE BLITZ blasts the blues out of four howling hepcats!

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

4 Valetes e uma Dama See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) | (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The first starring film role of June Havoc, sister of Gypsy Rose Lee. See more »

Connections

Referenced in This Is Spinal Tap (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Karanina
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mort Greene
Played during the opening credits and often as dance and background music
Played on piano by Ray Bolger and sung by Anne Shirley (dubbed by Martha Mears),
Eddie Foy Jr., Jack Briggs and William Blees (uncredited)
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Second remake of STREET GIRL is a bit of a mess
29 July 2010 | by Ray FaiolaSee all my reviews

Okay, first of all this is the second remake of RKO's wonderful STREET GIRL. The first remake was THAT GIRL FROM Paris with Lily Pons. Anne Shirley is the faux continental who sings. It sounds like Vera Van doing the actual vocals (Vera sang in DARK VICTORY and DUST BE MY DESTINY). The cutting of this picture is a disaster, which is pretty ironic seeing as the director is a former editor. It is very obvious that scenes were trimmed and transitions shortened. There are holes all over the place. The songs are so-so. One of them, "Boogie Woogie Conga" is almost a carbon copy of "Congo Beso" from HELLZAPOPPIN. For my money, the two best reasons to watch FOUR JACKS are June Havoc and Jack Durant. Durant, late of the team of Mitchell (Frank) and Durant, is quite hilarious as a slightly psychotic gangster. Russian tough mug Constantin Romanoff actually has a few lines in this one. If you're into cinema archeology, watch this one to compare and wonder.


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