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April Showers (1948)

Approved | | Musical | 27 March 1948 (USA)
A married couple who have a song-and-dance act in vaudeville are in trouble. Their struggling act is going nowhere, they're almost broke and they have to do something to get them back on ... See full summary »

Director:

James V. Kern

Writers:

Joe Laurie Jr. (story), Peter Milne
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jack Carson ... Joe Tyme
Ann Sothern ... June Tyme
Robert Alda ... Billy Shay
S.Z. Sakall ... Mr. Curley
Robert Ellis ... Buster Tyme
Richard Rober ... Al Wilson
Joseph Crehan ... William Barnes
Billy Curtis ... Col. Rudolph L. Nemo
John Gallaudet ... Mr. Gordon
Philip Van Zandt ... Harry Swift
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Storyline

A married couple who have a song-and-dance act in vaudeville are in trouble. Their struggling act is going nowhere, they're almost broke and they have to do something to get them back on top or they'll really be in trouble. They decide to put their young son in the act in hopes of attracting some new attention. The boy turns out to be a major talent, audiences love him and the act is on its way to the top. That's when an organization whose purpose is to stop children from performing on stage shows up, and they're dead set on breaking up the act. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

MUSICAL COMEDY OF THE VAUDEVILLE DAYS! (original ad - all caps)

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esquece Teus Pesares See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Carson's guitar solo was dubbed by Tony Romano and his piano solo by David Klatzkin according to a contemporary source per the AFI Catalog entry on this film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #8.2 (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

The Fountain in the Park
(uncredited)
aka "While Strolling Through the Park One Day"
Written by Ed Haley
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It rains on Jack's parade
18 March 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Jack Carson's performance of an alcoholic vaudevillian who gets a few bad breaks highlights April Showers. Roles like this made Carson's studio Warner Brothers and others start taking him seriously as an actor as opposed to a funny man who specialized in blowhards.

Carson and Ann Sothern are a vaudeville team during the first score of years in the 20th century. They're doing all right, but when they add their kid Robert Ellis to the act they start getting better bookings and even dream of the Palace in New York.

But that dream gets shattered when the blue noses start insisting on child labor laws being enforced. They no longer get the billings and Carson turns to drink. And another performer Robert Alda starts throwing his intentions Ann's way.

Including the title song the score is interpolated from a variety of sources of music from the period. Young Mr. Ellis proves to be quite the terpsichorean, no wonder he made the act for them.

Sothern lends good support and a good singing voice. But April Showers is really Jack Carson's picture.


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