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Casanova in Burlesque (1944)

Approved | | Comedy | 19 February 1944 (USA)
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... Joseph M. Kelly Jr.
... Lillian Colman
... Barbara Compton
... Lucille Compton
... John Alden Compton
... J. Boggs-Robinson
Roger Imhof ... Joseph M. Kelly Sr.
... Bucky Farrell
... Peewee Dixon
Sugar Geise ... Fannie
Jerry Frank ... Al Gordon (as Jerome Franks)
... Burlesque Queen
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Alegria Burlesca  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Margia Dean. See more »

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Taming of the Shrew Routine
Music by Walter Kent
Lyrics by Kim Gannon
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Fun Movie
8 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is a low budget movie which had potential: A troupe of burlesque performers putting on a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew in a stuffy college setting. This premise is realized in a mediocre fashion: not much wit nor imagination is put into the buildup or to the performance (which relies on slapstick).

The movie is fun. It has a laugh or two. It is watchable because June Havoc is funny being the character she so often played in the 1940s: a gum chewing, very sexy, wisecracking, shapely, working class woman. She does a couple of songs, too. So does Dale Evans (without Roy Rogers). Her swinging, lively song is the best in the movie. Joe E. Brown is Joe E. Brown, but, playing a college professor, he plays it quite straight for a good part of the movie.

The version I saw had passable sound and visual quality, but it was cut up badly. It seemed that a good part of the movie was missing. I could follow the plot despite the missing parts, but the movie was sufficiently engaging that I found the omissions annoying.

Since I am an amateur movie historian and a fan of Joe E. Brown and June Havoc, I enjoyed it. I do not know how people who know neither of these performers would react to this modest, but interesting flick.


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