12 user 5 critic

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.


Edwin L. Marin


Joseph Quillan (screen play), Dorothy Bennett (screen play) | 2 more credits »


Learn more

More Like This 

Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Meek Eddie Pink becomes manager of an amusement park beset by mobsters.

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Eddie Cantor, Ethel Merman, Sally Eilers
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In the small town of Brookford, everybody can trace their ancestors back to the Revolutionary War, except Sam and Susie Parker. One day, however, they find a letter written by George ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Eddie Cantor, Joan Davis, Allyn Joslyn
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The rise of a showgirl, Gloria Hughes, culminating in a Ziegfeld extravaganza "Glorifying the American Girl".

Director: Millard Webb
Stars: Mary Eaton, Eddie Cantor, Helen Morgan
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Fantasy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A movie company is doing the Arabian Nights when a hobo enters their camp, falls asleep and dreams he's back in Baghdad as advisor to the Sultan. In a spoof of Rosevelt's New Deal, he ... See full summary »

Director: David Butler
Stars: Eddie Cantor, Tony Martin, Roland Young
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

While running for governor a politician aids a needy college by plotting to assure victory for their football team. Though to be a parody of Huey Long and his machine.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: John Barrymore, George Murphy, Marjorie Weaver
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Gambling-house owner finds himself estranged from his wife and son.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Clark Gable, Alexis Smith, Wendell Corey
Certificate: Passed Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An orphan is provisionally adopted by the manager of a hotel populated by show business people. The hotel's owner doesn't like the entertainers and wants the girl returned to the orphanage.

Director: Irving Cummings
Stars: Shirley Temple, George Murphy, Jimmy Durante
The Threat (1949)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Vicious hood 'Red' Kluger escapes from Folsom State Prison and follows through on his threats to the detective who arrested him and the D.A. who convicted him.

Director: Felix E. Feist
Stars: Michael O'Shea, Virginia Grey, Charles McGraw
Comedy | Musical | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In WWI dancer Jerry Jones stages an all-soldier show on Broadway, called Yip Yip Yaphank. Wounded in the war, he becomes a producer. In WWII his son Johnny Jones, who was before his ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: George Murphy, Joan Leslie, George Tobias
Certificate: Passed Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Johnny Brett and King Shaw are an unsuccessful dance team in New York. A producer discovers Brett as the new partner for Clare Bennett, but Brett, who thinks he is one of the people they lent money to gives him the name of his partner.

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, George Murphy
Step Lively (1944)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Gordon Miller is rehearsing a musical comedy in the penthouse suite of Gribble's hotel...on credit. The mounting bill is driving Gribble frantic. Chaos increases when playwright Glen ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Whelan
Stars: Adolphe Menjou, George Murphy, Frank Sinatra
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Joe Jonathan tries to keep his business on the level after some shady dealings but will his cronies let him?

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: George Murphy, Anne Shirley, William Gargan


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)


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Broadway Cavalcade! (Posters). See more »


Approved | See all certifications »






Release Date:

8 December 1944 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Su majestad la farsa See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


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 »


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.
See more »


Featured in If You Knew Susie (1948) See more »


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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 12 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed