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Jitterbugs (1943)

Approved | | Comedy , Musical | 11 June 1943 (USA)
The boys team up with a likable con man to help a pretty singer's mother who's been taken in by swindlers.

Director:

Malcolm St. Clair (as Mal St. Clair)

Writer:

Scott Darling (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Vivian Blaine ... Susan Cowan
Robert Bailey ... Chester Wright (as Bob Bailey)
Douglas Fowley ... Malcolm Bennett
Noel Madison ... Tony Queen
Lee Patrick ... Dorcas
Robert Emmett Keane ... Henry Corcoran
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Storyline

The two-man Laurel and Hardy Zoot Suit Band find themselves fronting a scam for "gasolene pills" in wartime oil-short America. They are however soon on the side of the angels helping recover $10,000 for an attractive young lady whose family have themselves been swindled. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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This is that movie about those people.

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bucha e Estica, Músicos de Jazz See more »

Filming Locations:

Palmdale, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$310,600 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,054,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy biographer Scott MacGillivray, the scene where Laurel tears up his gasoline ration cards elicited groans from wartime audiences who were coping with gas shortages. See more »

Goofs

In the movie's opening credits the song title "If the Shoe Fits You, Wear It" is incorrectly listed as "If the Shoe Fits, Wear It". See more »

Quotes

Oliver: Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!
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Connections

References Get 'Em Young (1926) See more »

Soundtracks

I Had the Craziest Dream
(1943) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played by Stan and Ollie at the carnival. Frank Beach performed trumpet for Oliver Hardy.
Also played by the band at the River Boat
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30 October 2016 | by ilprofessore-1See all my reviews

Hollywood was always suspicious of madcap comedians, and often burdened their films with mindless plots, subplots, silly love stories, and mediocre songs. This is a perfect example of the Twentieth Century Fox B unit busily churning out wartime entertainment for a less than demanding audience. L & H are not wasted, but under used. Even in as improbable story as this one, studio cowardice and lack of imagination cannot totally subvert the genius of two great comedians who could make even second-rate comic ideas seem better than they really were. Vivian Blaine, forever remembered as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, debuts here as that stock character, the pretty spunky damsel in distress, a carbon copy of another FOX contract player, Alice Faye. She gets to sing three ordinary, completely forgettable tunes in excellent voice. Many similarly attractive young women like her were wasted like this during the studio days. Vivian had to good sense to go back to Broadway and to the stardom she deserved.


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