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Are You with It? (1948)

Approved | | Comedy | 20 March 1948 (USA)
Milton Haskins, a math genius known for his infallibility with numbers, quits his job with an insurance company when he discovers he made a mistake, and hooks up with a traveling carnival. ... See full summary »

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Jack Hively

Writers:

George Malcolm-Smith (novel), George Balzer (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald O'Connor ... Milton Haskins
Olga San Juan ... Vivian Reilly
Martha Stewart ... Bunny La Fleur
Lew Parker Lew Parker ... Goldie McGoldrick
Walter Catlett ... Jason (Pop) Carter
Patricia Dane ... Sally (as Pat Dane)
Ransom M. Sherman Ransom M. Sherman ... Mr. Bixby (as Ransom Sherman)
Louis Da Pron Louis Da Pron ... Bartender
Noel Neill ... Terry
Julie Gibson ... Ann
George O'Hanlon ... Buster
Eddie Parks ... Herman Bogel
Raymond Largay Raymond Largay ... Mr. Mapleton
Jody Gilbert ... Mrs. Minerva Henkle
Howard Negley ... Ed McNaughton
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Milton Haskins, a math genius known for his infallibility with numbers, quits his job with an insurance company when he discovers he made a mistake, and hooks up with a traveling carnival. His knowledge of mathematics makes him a natural as an assistant at the wheel of fortune. His fiancée begs him to return to his job but he refuses, so she joins the carnival and becomes a striptease artist. When Milton attempts to drag her off the stage, a brawling mêlée breaks out and the entire troupe is arrested by the local police. The carnival is sold but Milton reveals that the new owner has conspired to defraud the insurance company. The insurance company has to accept the carnival in lieu of the money owed, and they allow Milton and his fiancée, Vivian, to stay with and help run the carnival. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The SHOW That Set Broadway AGLOW...is DAZZLING on the Screen! See more »

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Engano Feliz See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Edmond O'Brian narrates the film's prologue. At the time he was married to Ogla San Juan See more »

Quotes

Vivian Reilly: But he might do something drastic. Why he might even kill himself.
Mr. Bixby: That's what I've always liked about Haskins - conscientious.
[With a smile on his face]
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What Do I Have To Do?
Written by Sidney Miller and Inez James
Performed by Donald O'Connor
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Very pleasant B musical comedy with surprisingly witty dialog

As far as I can tell, today in 2017, the only way to watch this very pleasant musical comedy is on YouTube. The image quality of the version there is horrible, obviously sourced from an old worn out videotape. Usually I wouldn't put up with the washed out, ultra-low resolution picture, but found myself watching the whole thing and enjoying it.

The big surprise was the very witty dialog, delivered skillfully by O'Connor and the obscure Lew Parker. Of course Donald shines in several comparatively modest dance numbers (this wasn't MGM after all). But Parker, who looks to be in his late 50's, but according to his IMDb bio was about 41, is a surprisingly agile in vaudeville style dancing. And Parker really scores as a fast talking flim-flam man, delivering comic patter with aplomb.

The songs are well crafted but forgettable. For some reason Olga San Juan, a good vocalist, is given almost no singing to do, and her comic skills are underutilized. The production with it's carnival setting would have benefited from color, but it's in B&W.

A treat for those old enough to have grown up with the 1950's TV show, The Adventures of Superman, Lois Lane aka Noel Nell, is a supporting player in this film. She proves herself to be a capable dancer, charming, charismatic, and very pretty too. Too bad she didn't have more of a film career.


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