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Carolina Blues (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 20 December 1944 (USA)
Band Leader Kay Kyser wants to take a holiday, but his publicist Charlotte has promised that he'll give a concert for defense plant workers. Due to the fact that his vocalist has quit to ... See full summary »

Director:

Leigh Jason

Writers:

Joseph Hoffman (screenplay), Al Martin (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kay Kyser ... Kay Kyser
Ann Miller ... Julie Carver
Victor Moore ... Phineas / Elliott / Hiriam / Horatio / Aunt Martha / Aunt Minerva Carver
Jeff Donnell ... Charlotte Barton
Howard Freeman ... Tom Gordon
Georgia Carroll ... Band Singer
M.A. Bogue ... Ish Kabibble (as Ish Kabibble)
Harry Babbitt ... Band Member
Sully Mason ... Band Member
Harold Nicholas ... Dance Specialty
The Christianis The Christianis ... Acrobatic Specialty
The Layson Brothers The Layson Brothers ... Specialty
The Four Step Brothers The Four Step Brothers ... Tap Dance Specialty Quartette
Kay Kyser Band ... Kay Kyser Band (as Kay Kyser's Band)
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Storyline

Band Leader Kay Kyser wants to take a holiday, but his publicist Charlotte has promised that he'll give a concert for defense plant workers. Due to the fact that his vocalist has quit to get married, the plant owner's daughter Julie sings instead. But Kay dislikes her idea of joining the band. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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THE GAYEST OKAYEST MUSICAL EVER TO COME FROM DIXIE! (original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Idílio Sincopado See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the film's plot, Georgia Carroll (playing herself) threatens to leave the Kay Kyser band to marry a servicemember, thereby forcing him to hire a replacement. In real life, after replacing Ginny Simms in Kyser's band, Carroll did indeed get married - to Kay Kyser. See more »

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During the conversation at approx. 6:00 in, Kyser refers repeatedly to his home town of Rocky Mount, NC. And equally repeatedly, the captions read, "Rocky Mountain." See more »

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Mr. Beebe
Written by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn and Dudley Brooks
Performed by Harold Nicholas
Also sung by Ann Miller, June Richmond and a vocal quartet
Also danced by The Four Step Brothers, Marie Bryant and several others
Later played jug-band style by members of the Kay Kyser Band
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Typical B-budget Musical for WWII
21 March 2013 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

A big band goes through shenanigans trying to raise money for WWII bonds.

Typical wartime musical on a B-budget. There's lots of bounce with engaging performers, but I could have used a better distribution of musical numbers. Mainly they're bunched into one segment, while the rest is taken up with storyline. The nimble-footed Step Bros., however, have to be seen to be believed. Plus, Ann Miller sings and dancers her way into our collective heart, along with a gorgeous Georgia Carroll.

Kyser may have been a big band conductor, but he's quite a good actor, even comedic one. Then there's Victor Moore in multiple curmudgeonly parts, and Ish Kabibble looking like a handsomer version of the Three Stooges. Put them all together, and the 'gang' comes up with enough war- bonds to finance a new navy cruiser. I guess those were the days when we actually paid up front for our wars. Anyhow, it's nothing special, just a light-hearted look at America pulling together during the Big One, with a few lively tunes thrown in.


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