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My Favorite Spy (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 12 June 1942 (USA)
Kay Kyser is late to his wedding. He is taking a short cut through Central Park when he finds out that he is in the army and is due to check in that afternoon. It turns out that the army ... See full summary »

Director:

Tay Garnett

Writers:

M. Coates Webster (story), Sig Herzig (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Kyser ... Kay Kyser
Ellen Drew ... Teresa 'Terry' Kyser
Jane Wyman ... Connie
Robert Armstrong ... Harry Robinson
Helen Westley ... Aunt Jessie
William Demarest ... Flower Pot Policeman
Una O'Connor ... Cora
Lionel Royce Lionel Royce ... Winters
Moroni Olsen ... Major Allen
George Cleveland ... Gus
Vaughan Glaser Vaughan Glaser ... Colonel Moffett (as Vaughn Glaser)
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Jules
Chester Clute ... Higgenbotham
Teddy Hart Teddy Hart ... Complaining Soldier
Kay Kyser Band ... Kay Kyser's Band (as Kay Kyser's Band)
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Storyline

Kay Kyser is late to his wedding. He is taking a short cut through Central Park when he finds out that he is in the army and is due to check in that afternoon. It turns out that the army wants him as an undercover agent because a spy is working out of The Orchid Room. Problems ensue between the agent who helps him,Jane Wyman, and his new wife. Also great comedy scenes in places he is supposed to meet his agent friends.

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You'll tingle when they tangle in Tangiers.

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi espía favorita See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Teddy Hart, the very diminutive brother of the great lyricist Lorenz Hart (Rodgers & Hart), has a tiny role as the complaining solider in the early Army training base sequences. Teddy had the lead in the Broadway production of his brother's Musical "The Boys From Syracuse" but never ever equaled his brother's success. See more »

Quotes

[Kay finds his girlfriend bound and gagged in a closet]
Connie: Do you want to ruin everything?
Kay Kyser: But she'll smother in there! There's not enough air.
[Connie opens and closes the door several times]
Connie: That ought to hold her.
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Soundtracks

Just Plain Lonesome
(1942)
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Played by the Kay Kyser Band and sung by Harry Babbitt
Played as background music often
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MY FAV SPY ONE OF KYSER'S BEST
7 June 2004 | by yessdancSee all my reviews

Who could imagine anything more ridiculous than bespectacled 40s big band leader KAY KYSER ever being a spy?? Well, that's the key in this amusing wartime farce, and its strength. Everybody knows Kyser as a benign, southern gentleman from the ultra popular KOLLEGE OF MUSICAL KNOWLEDGE radio show, so drafting him and using him as a spy is the perfect governmental solution! When Nazis are discovered using musical arrangements to broadcast coded messages, Kyser is on the case! Particularly memorable are his two lovely costars, Ellen Drew (she of the PERFECT body and cheekbones)and Jane Wyman as his cohort in spy-dom. Kyser tries to act tough ("Bartender! Stab us with a couple of drinks!")but can't quite rise to the occasion. Perhaps he'll prevail in the end! Great(though not enough) songs! Harry Babbitt sings the perfect 'homesick soldier' song, JUST PLAIN LONESOME, and bouncy Sully Mason the catchy GOT THE MOON IN MY POCKET. People seem surprised to hear Harold Lloyd produced this film. Whaddya they want- Kyser hanging from a clock?? Ish Kabibble (Merwyn Bogue) is first rate in his usual capacity as inane sidekick, but could have been used more. Robert Armstrong (King Kong)is the perfect expressionless American Nazi/tough guy. Out of Kyser's 7 features, this one for RKO, I'd rate this 4 out of 5 stars. More on 'The IL' Professor of Swing at kaykyser.net Fun flick!!


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