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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 ... 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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Carolina Blues will chase you Blues away! 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

Contrary to a previous comment, Ann Miller does not dance with Harold Nicholas in the "Mr. Beebe" number. In keeping with the times, the number is all-Black (the better for Southern censors to delete), and all the dancing girls in the number are light-skinned "colored" ladies. This is apparent on DVD. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Featured in The Movie Orgy (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

There Goes That Song Again
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Harry Babbitt and Kay Kyser's orchestra
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One or two redeeming numbers
1 September 2006 | by t1z2fSee all my reviews

I like neither Kyser's screen persona nor his bland style of swing, so wouldn't ever recommend going to a film to see him. But he sometimes had a talent for pepping up his films with good specialty acts.

The show-stopper in this film is the "Mr. Beebe" number, featuring Harold Nicholas (without brother Fayard), supported by a number of other top black singers and dancers including The Four Step Brothers, Marie Bryant, June Richmond, and others I can't identify. Kyser's band with Ann Miller singing briefly introduce the number, then leave the set - typical for the era, the scene was clearly designed so that the black performers could be edited out when the film was shown in the south.

The disappointment is that all that talent, including Ann Miller, is given very little footage to show their stuff. Miller's only tap number is hacked by some dialog. Harold Nicholas is brilliant, but the other singers and dancers in the number only get to do quick cameos.

The Kyser personnel do get to do a couple of other cute numbers. Significantly, these occur informally, when Kyser isn't directing or arranging them.


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