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Something to Shout About (1943)

Following three flops in a row, Broadway stage producer Willard Samson is told by wealthy divorcée Donna Davis that she will finance a show but only if she is the star. The fact she can ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Don Ameche ... Ken Douglas
Janet Blair ... Jeanie Maxwell
Jack Oakie ... Larry Martin
William Gaxton ... Willard Samson
Cobina Wright ... Donna Davis (as Cobina Wright Jr.)
Veda Ann Borg ... Flo Bentley
Jaye Martin Jaye Martin ... Dan Howard
Cyd Charisse ... Lily (as Lily Norwood)
The Bricklayers The Bricklayers ... Speciality Dog Act
Teddy Wilson ... Teddy Wilson - Orchestra Leader
Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra ... Teddy Wilson's Orchestra
Hazel Scott Hazel Scott ... Hazel Scott
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rubin Rubin ... Bit Role
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Following three flops in a row, Broadway stage producer Willard Samson is told by wealthy divorcée Donna Davis that she will finance a show but only if she is the star. The fact she can neither sing, act nor dance does not deter Samson. His press agent, Ken Douglas, lives in a theatrical boarding house run by his friend from vaudeville, Larry Martin, where he meets Jeanie Maxwell, singing teacher and aspiring songwriter from, of course, Altoona, Pa., who has come to New York to sell her songs. Samson is not interested in her songs as much as he is her stage abilities, but he can't get rid of Donna. Ken is also plugging for Samson to use the vaudeville acts, living at the boarding house, who can't get work because there is no more vaudeville, despite the fact that some of the acts are examples of what killed vaudeville in the first place. The show appears to have potential, with the exception of Donna, when Ken convinces her she is the perfect "outdoorable girl" for a publicity ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Canta, Coração! See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When the police officer asks Don Ameche's character if he knows how to use a phone, he responds, "I invented it!" This was an in-joke since Ameche played Alexander Graham Bell in a 1939 film. See more »

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References The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939) See more »

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Hasta Luego
Written by Cole Porter
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Ameche and Oakie crackle on Gower Street!
27 January 2006 | by 16mmRaySee all my reviews

Forget the plot (which is a pretty nifty screwball scenario, by the way). What matters here is the pacing, the music and the crackerjack performances of Don Ameche and Jack Oakie. Oakie is an absolute fireball and Ameche is alternately acerbic and romantic. Great specialty numbers (including the phenomenal Hazel Scott) and those Conga rhythms really send me! I'm still not sure if Janet Blair did her own singing in this picture (she sang for herself later on, of course, but Columbia loved to dub in the early 40's). William Gaxton, a Broadway juvenile from the early days and star of pictures as FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMAN in the early Vitaphone Days does a very nice character job here. Cobina Wright is tops as the nouveau riche "star" with talent that is perfectly Wrong! Gregory Ratoff's pictures are usually pretty Seiterly in their pacing. This one snaps, crackles and pops. And there's one in-joke that is delivered with perfection. As Ameche goes to use the telephone, he is asked "you sure you know how to use that thing?" He replies, "you kidding - I INVENTED it!" Catch this one if you can.


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