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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 »

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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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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Memphis Saturday 12 May 1956 on WHBQ (Channel 13); it first aired in Los Angeles Tuesday 19 June 1956 on KHJ (Channel 9), and in New York City Monday 6 August 1956 on WOR (Channel 9). 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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Featured in If You Knew Susie (1948) See more »

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I Don't Want to Get Well
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Jentes
Lyrics by Howard Johnson and Harry Pease
Performed by Eddie Cantor and George Murphy, accompanied by a quitar
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SHOW BUSINESS (Edwin L. Marin, 1944) ***
21 January 2014 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Another Leslie Halliwell favourite, this period musical follows the pattern of several others of its ilk – the career from obscurity to popularity, hitting the skids and the climb back to the top of a burlesque/vaudeville troupe (apparently, the former is deemed a low- grade art form and despised by the latter, but there is little to differentiate them in this film and elsewhere!). Incidentally, co-star George Murphy – whom the fall from grace hits the hardest here – had also featured in the very similar (also comparable quality-wise) FOR ME AND MY GAL (1942), where it was Gene Kelly who got on the wrong end of fame and fortune.

The movie under review was actually instigated by comedian Eddie Cantor (who personally produced it): he had had a successful run of star vehicles with Samuel Goldwyn in the 1930s, followed by a couple of well- regarded efforts for other studios later on – Warners' star-studded THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS (1943) and this one, made over at RKO (its success even prompted a sequel, named after one of Cantor's best-known tunes i.e. IF YOU KNEW SUSIE {1948}). There is actually an autobiographical element to SHOW BUSINESS, since the character he plays obtains his greatest hit with Cantor's very own "Makin' Whoopee" (which inspired his 1930 star vehicle)! Also on hand is comedienne Joan Davis, whose initial disdain for Cantor grows into a true and almost protective love – frequently breaking the fourth wall to assure the viewer that she cannot help herself; their Cleopatra routine is a hoot!

The film encompasses comedy, songs (notably the standard "It Had To Be You", sung – either alternately or concurrently – by Murphy and love interest Nancy Kelly), romance (the latter broken up by his former partner, in both senses of the word) and nostalgia and, while neither the classic Halliwell deems it to be (conversely, Leonard Maltin rated it a more modest **1/2) nor Cantor's most representative work (that would be ROMAN SCANDALS {1933}), there is no doubt that it offers solid entertainment throughout and, as stated in an after-credits title-card, was conceived primarily as wartime escapism for American audiences, be they at home or abroad fighting.


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