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Show Business (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 8 December 1944 (Sweden)
A song-and-dance man and his comic partner undergo romantic ups and downs when they team up with a female duo and transition from burlesque to vaudeville.

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writers:

Joseph Quillan (screen play), Dorothy Bennett (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eddie Cantor ... Eddie Martin
George Murphy ... George Doane
Joan Davis ... Joan Mason
Nancy Kelly ... Nancy Gaye
Constance Moore ... Constance Ford
Donald Douglas ... Charlie Lucas (as Don Douglas)
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Storyline

Four young hopefuls, George, Connie, Joan and Eddie, doing the Burlesque and Amateur Circuits meet by chance, and decide to form a team. Of course, their act is a success, and they finally make it to Vaudeville! George is crazy for Connie, however, George's ex-flame, Nancy Gai isn't too thrilled and from the moment she hears about George and Connie tying the knot, she does everything to break up their union... sadly, one night she succeeds, and the foursome go separate ways. Connie divorces George, and gets engaged to a rich agent, and makes it on her own- singing in an upper-class Boston Night Club, while Eddie and Joan still keep a successful couple act, but George ends up in a sleazy San Francisco bar, singing for drinks. After all, one minute you're the toast of the town, the next - you're in the gutter. Isn't that Show Business? Can the group be reunited? Can they be a success once more!? Written by Amber <amber@sweetiedarling.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1944 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Su majestad la farsa See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Bert Gordon, George Jessel, Pat Rooney and Gene Sheldon were definitely filmed in a sequence which was cut before the release of the movie. Also in studio records, but not seen in the film, are Matthew 'Stymie' Beard (Harold), Billy Bester (Call Boy), Marietta Canty (Maid), Don Dillaway (Gambler), Ralph Dunn (Taxi Driver), Edmund Glover (Gambler), Harry Harvey Jr. (Page Boy), Russell Hopton (Gambler), Sam Lufkin (Waiter on Stage), Jerry Maren (Midget), Charles Marsh (Man Eating Peanuts), Chef Milani (Head Waiter), Bert Moorhouse (Desk Clerk), Forbes Murray (Director), William J. O'Brien (Peanut Gag Man), and Joseph Vitale (Caesar). See more »

Quotes

Joan Mason: I don't know Charlie, I might be crazy, but if I don't eat at least once a week I get dizzy spells.
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Soundtracks

It Had to Be You
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Played during the opening credits and also in the score
Performed by George Murphy
Danced by him and Constance Moore
Reprised by Murphy at the end
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Not a keeper
27 November 2016 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

We have a musical that starts well but then fades until you are finally glad that it has come to an end. The cast are fine when it comes to singing and dancing especially in the first half of the film – some great songs and sequences. However, the lead character as played by George Murphy isn't nice to his girlfriend Nancy Kelly from the start and so the audience aren't really on his side from the beginning. In fact, none of the relationships make sense – his other alliance with Constance Moore is totally confusing. She divorces him, then wants him back – it never makes sense. The film suffers because it chooses to follow this unrealistic love triangle story that would just never be there. Eddie Cantor and Joan Davis provide the comedy partnership and deliver their lines well, but you have to be a Cantor fan to enjoy his schtick.

There are moments of humour and good songs but why perform "It Had to Be You" three times? It was good on the first occasion but then becomes corny. The film gets boring, I'm sad to say.


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