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Beautiful But Broke (1944)

Approved | | Comedy , Music | 28 January 1944 (USA)
Theatrical agent Waldo Main (John Eldredge) is inducted into the army, and turns his (now clientless) agency over to his secretary Dottie Duncan (Joan Davis). Dottie decides to organize an ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Barton

Writers:

Arthur Housman (story), Monte Brice (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Davis ... Dottie Duncan
John Hubbard ... Bill Drake
Jane Frazee ... Sally Richards
Judy Clark ... Sue Ford
Bob Haymes Bob Haymes ... Capt. Jack Foster
Willie West and McGinty Willie West and McGinty ... Carpenters
Danny Mummert ... Rollo
Byron Foulger ... Maxwell McKay
George McKay George McKay ... Station Master
Ferris Taylor ... Mayor
Isabel Withers Isabel Withers ... Mrs. Grayson
John Eldredge ... Waldo Main
Grace Hayle ... Birdie Benson
John Dilson ... Putnam
The Bryan Sisters The Bryan Sisters ... Trio
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Storyline

Theatrical agent Waldo Main (John Eldredge) is inducted into the army, and turns his (now clientless) agency over to his secretary Dottie Duncan (Joan Davis). Dottie decides to organize an all-girl orchestra to fill the void caused by so many orchestra members being called to service due to WWII, and joins struggling singers/songwriters Sally Richards (Jane Frazee) and Sue Ford ('Judy Clark') in this endeavor. Dottie's screwball schemes to get engagements for the group often lead to disaster. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Radio's No. 1 Laugh Hit! (original 1-sheet poster)

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beleza Sem Dinheiro See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Radio Announcer: This is the beginning of duck season...
[An artillery shell blasts through the shack's window]
Sally Richards: What kind of ducks have they *got* around here?
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Soundtracks

Take the Door to the Left
Written by Walter G. Samuels and James Cavanaugh
Sung by Jane Frazee
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A real charmer
29 June 2011 | by mgconlan-1See all my reviews

Not much of a movie in overall aesthetic terms, but a real charmer with a lot of good swing music, capably sung by Jane Frazee and Judy Clark, and a great performance by Joan Davis. She appears equally capable of getting laughs from slapstick and dialogue, and through much of the movie she reminded me of Rosalind Russell's comic side in her sheer energy and indomitability. It's also got some good comic supporting performances by John Eldredge and the marvelous Byron Foulger, and the early scene in which the girls are trying to sing along to a record and it gets stuck eerily anticipates the performance glitch that undid Milli Vanilli (you remember). The ending is a bit of a patriotic cop-out but the film overall is a lot of fun and well worth seeing.


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