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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 »


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

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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)


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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RIGHT THIS WAY! for the GAY WAY...to MUSIC...MIRTH and M-M-MAIDS! See more »


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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In "Mr. Beebe" dance number Ann Miller is seen dancing with Harold Nicholas. This is very unusual for the 1940s! Her makeup appears to be darkened a bit, but it was hard to tell on Facebook. See more »


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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Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
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Typical Kyser Fare With Added Bonus of Ann Miller
26 August 2007 | by timothymcclenaghanSee all my reviews

Kay Kyser had many top-selling recordings, but his Kollege of Musical Knowledge show, both live and on the radio, was more of a floor show than the performances of other swing bands and orchestras. His show is, of course, incorporated into this film. So in that respect, the film bears resemblance to other films in which Kyser appeared.

The extra bonus is the addition of sweet and lovely Ann Miller to the cast. Unfortunately, her one and only dance performance is butchered by cutaway shots and editing, so that about half is gone. You can only faintly hear the singing and tapping in the background.

What's left, however, is still pure Miller magic. Nobody else was such a machine-gun on feet.

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