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Trocadero (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 24 April 1944 (USA)
A newspaper columnist and host of his own national network radio program, interviewing more film personalities on his show than any other commentator, is searching for a story for a Sunday ... See full summary »

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William Nigh

Writers:

Allan Gale (screenplay) (as Allen Gale), Charles F. Chaplin (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosemary Lane ... Judy Edwards
Johnny Downs ... Johnny Edwards
Ralph Morgan ... Sam Wallace
Dick Purcell ... Spike Nelson
Sheldon Leonard ... Mickey Jones
Marjorie Manners ... Marge Carson
Cliff Nazarro ... Cliff
Erskine Johnson Erskine Johnson ... Hollywood Columnist
Dave Fleischer Dave Fleischer ... Dave Fleischer
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Carson
Charles Calvert Charles Calvert ... Tony Rocadero
Dewey Robinson ... Bullfrog
Ruth Hilliard ... Nancy - Cigarette Girl
Eddie Bartell Eddie Bartell ... Master of Ceremonies and Radio Rogue member
Bob Chester Bob Chester ... Orchestra Leader
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Storyline

A newspaper columnist and host of his own national network radio program, interviewing more film personalities on his show than any other commentator, is searching for a story for a Sunday column carried by newspaper from coast to coast. Hanging out in Hollywood's famed Trocadero restaurant and night-spot, he gets his story when "Troc" owner and band-leader Eddie LeBaron, relates to him the saga of the famed screenland nitery. And hears plenty of music furnished by four of the top name-bands in the land, including that of Bob Chester, who formed his own swing band in 1935 after being top saxophonist with the bands of Ben Pollack and Ben Bernie. Singer Ida James and the Chester band led off with "Shoo Shoo Baby" in their screen debut. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1944 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Walter Colmes Productions See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The song "How Could You Do That to Me"," performed by Rosemary Lane and Johnny Downs, supposedly takes place in the 1930's and represents a vaudeville act they performed in the 1920's, but the lyrics mention World War II-era gas rationing. See more »

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Roundabout Way
Written by Sidney Clare and Lew Porter
Performed by Cliff Nazarro
Later performed by the Stardusters with Gus Arnheim and his orchestra
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Not completely terrible...
4 February 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Trocadero" is a low-budget b-movie made by tiny Walter Colmes Productions. Because of its budget, it has a cast of mostly unknowns and second-tier actors (such as Ralph Forbes, Rosemary Lane and Sheldon Leonard). Lane's voice is pleasant but nothing more and the song and dance acts are of about equal quality. Because of this and the writing, the film just seems okay and nothing more.

When the film begins, Tony Rocadero is about to make some folks famous in his nightclub but he's killed by a hit and run driver. So, in the same spirit as you'd find in "Babes in Arms", they remaining staff decide to make a go of the club in order to honor Tony's memory. At first, the club founders but soon they get a partner, a decent band and the place takes off. Then, in order to create some conflict a couple monkey wrenches are thrown into the mix...and naturally work themselves out in order for a happy ending.

The film is just one adequate but certainly not very good act after another, a few really bad acts and some adequate writing...all resulting in a film with nothing remarkable. Plus, the number of musical acts are too many...and the film sorely lacks plot.

By the way, being out of work, animator Dave Fleischer makes an appearance near the beginning and end. He uses a character similar to his early 'Out of the Inkwell' series...but it really doesn't fit into the film.


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