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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>

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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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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Altoona Monday 4 June 1956 on WFBG (Channel 10); it first aired in Salt Lake City Tuesday 12 June 1956 on KUTV (Channel 2), in Philadelphia Monday 16 July 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6), in San Francisco Wednesday 1 August 1956 on KPIX (Channel 5), in Memphis Saturday 13 October 1956 on WHBQ (Channel 13), in New Haven Monday 22 October 1956 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Los Angeles Saturday 24 November 1956 on KHJ (Channel 9), in New York City Saturday 1 December 1956 on WOR (Channel 9), and in Pittsburgh Tuesday 11 December 1956 on KDKA (Channel 2). See more »

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Featured in Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie (1993) 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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Charming B' Musical
28 June 2010 | by nova-63See all my reviews

This is a fun B' musical. Bolger literally runs into Shirley one evening and it turns into the worst night of his life. He considers her a jinx. But later, she helps him out of a tight jam and he decides to help her in return. Bolger and his buddies play in a band at a nightclub. Shirley is a singer. So the group all get together and try to help each other out.

Shirley is charming and talented. Bolger is funny and talented. Desi Arnaz is featured in an early role. The rest of the cast features a group of reliable character actors. The songs are forgettable, but it's fun, short and sweet. What more do you want in a B' musical? Of note, Bolger and his co-stars from the Wizard of Oz all starred in a B' musical at RKO in the 1940's. Bolger, here; Bert Lahr in Sing Your Worries Away 1942; and Jack Haley in Sing Your Worries Away 1945.


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