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Shoe Shine Boy (1943)

A Young shoeshine boy must earn $6 by the end of the day so he can buy a second-hand bugle, because the next day he is going into the U.S. Army.

Director:

Walter Hart

Writers:

Elick Moll (original story), Lewis Jacobs (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mel Bryant Mel Bryant ... Shoe Shine Boy (as Melvin Bryant)
Sam Levene ... Lucky
Walter Catlett ... Garry Goff
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Storyline

A shoe shine boy loves to listen to the horn more than anything. As such, he places a deposit for a bugle from a second hand shop, he needing to come up with an additional $2 to get the bugle, which he knows he will never get unless he comes up with the money before the store closes at the end of the day. As he hustles for business at a bar to raise that $2, the boy comes across two talent agents, Garry Goff and Lucky, who, on a lark, ask the boy to play the trumpet belonging to the bar's band's trumpet player. That incident promises to change the boy's life, but he may have other more pressing issues on his mind for just wanting the $2 to buy that second hand bugle. Written by Huggo

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Drama | Musical | Short

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1943 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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The $6.00 cost of the bugle at the pawn shop would equate to $84.50 in 2017. See more »

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Trumpet Lament
Music by Phil Moore
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A goofy piece of WWII propaganda
6 January 2002 | by zetesSee all my reviews

A black boy, obsessed with buying a horn at a local pawn shop, tries to earn the final $2 he needs by shining the shoes of rich white men. They are musical scouts, and when they find out that he wants the $2 to buy a horn, they ask him to demonstrate his abilities. He does so in a wonderful musical number. When they offer him a million dollar contract, he becomes upset and says he can't possibly do that. His family would be devastated. The white men are perplexed, but the black boy reveals that he wants to horn so that he can be the bugle boy in the U.S. Army. One of the white men then gladly hands him $2 and delivers the amusing line: "Blow one right in Hitler's face for me, kid!" I saw this between movies on TCM tonight.


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