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Larceny with Music (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 10 September 1943 (USA)
A former bootlegger is now the prosperous owner of a popular nightclub. A hustling promoter manages to pass off a young singer as the heir to a fortune and gets her booked at the club.


Edward C. Lilley (as Edward Lilley)


Robert Harari




Credited cast:
Allan Jones ... Ken Daniels
Kitty Carlisle ... Pamela Mason
Leo Carrillo ... Gus Borelli
William Frawley ... Mike Simms
Gus Schilling ... Austin J. Caldwell
Lee Patrick ... Agatha Parkinson
Samuel S. Hinds ... Brewster
Sig Arno ... Zybisco
Alvino Rey Alvino Rey ... Orchestra Leader
Alyce King Alyce King ... King Sisters Member
Donna King Donna King ... King Sisters Member
Luise King Luise King ... King Sisters Member
Yvonne King Yvonne King ... King Sisters Member
The King Sisters ... Singing Group
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Murray Alper ... Cab Driver


In a desperate attempt to get a job for Ken Daniels and Alvino Rey and his Orchestra, agent Mike Simms plots to make Daniels a missing heir. Simms hires Austin J. Caldwell to pose as an attorney and go to Gus Borelli, owner of the swank Blue Room, asking if he has heard about Daniels' inheritance. Borelli, figuring he can cut in on the money, bright Daniels and Simms to the Blue Room just as Pamela Mason is rehearsing some songs with Zybisco and his string quintet. Simms refuses to let Daniels sing with the quintet,saying he has already made arrangements with Alvino Rey to bring his orchestra and the King Sisters (Alyce, Donna, Louise and Yvonne King) into the Blue Room. This causes Pamela to lose her job and she is furious with Daniels, who tells her he will get her a job with the Rey orchestra. Later, she discovers the hoax tells Borelli, who sets out to kill Daniels and Simms. They, and the orchestra, manage to escape just as the Blue Room is filling with customers drawn by ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Music


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Only in Dreams
Muisc from the "Emperor Waltz" written by Johann Strauss)
Lyrics by Samuel Lerner
Sung by Kitty Carlisle, accompanied by Alvino Rey Orchestra
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Kitty Carlisle in Minor Musical
30 March 2017 | by drednmSee all my reviews

This musical from Universal looks cut down to its running time of just 64 minutes. In the finale we see evidence of musical numbers that never appear. That being said, what's left is enjoyable if minor.

Former MGM star Kitty Carlisle plays a singer who gets fired from her job in the Blue Room after wily manager William Frawley cons the dopey owner (Leo Carrillo) into booking Allan Jones and his band by letting him think Jones is rich and that his contract will entitle him to half Jones' wealth. It's a con conning a con.

But Carlisle won't go away and takes a job as a waitress because she smells a rat. She also falls for Jones and eventually joins the show for a big wartime finale with the King Sisters and Alvino Rey (and his band).

Kitty Carlisle is very good though this would prove to be her last starring film role. Jones is OK but rather unlikely as a big-band singer. Frawley and Carrillo are funny. Others in the cast include Gus Schilling, Lee Patrick, Murray Alper, Sig Arno, Samuel S. Hinds, and John Hamilton.

The musical is forgettable but nicely done.

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10 September 1943 (USA) See more »

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A Mulher Sempre Vence See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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