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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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Gregory Ratoff
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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

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1.37 : 1
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A few too many songs but otherwise enjoyable.
20 January 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Ken (Don Ameche) is a Broadway producer with a string of three flops on his hands. Not surprisingly, he has a hard time getting financing for a new show...that is until Donna Davis (Cobina Wright) agrees to finance him. Of course, there's a string attached...she must be the star of the program. This is a serious problem, as Donna is talentless. And, to make it worse, she thinks she's great and has a prima donna personality to match!

When Don meets Jeanie (Janet Blair) he plans on putting her into the show. Perphaps she cannot play the lead but she can help the show significantly. Soon, however, the tempermental Donna quits the show...and Don agrees to make the unknown Jeanie a star. But, being temperamental, Donna soon returns and out of spite insists Jeanie be fired. When the play is finally put on, it turns out to be a complete bomb. What can Don do to salvage the show AND his reputation? And, what can Don do about Jeanie....a girl he's come to love?

This movie is a bit of a hard sell for me, simply because I don't usually like films with tons of production numbers...and this one has one or two too many. I found myself going to the bathroom, getting a drink or picking my nose a lot...at least until the not so memorable numbers ended. I did like the performing dogs, however....and the film could have used more of them!

Overall, a somewhat predictable musical with a few too many songs and some excellent acting. Worth seeing...but far from a must-see.

By the way, if you do watch the film, get a load of that lady pianist. She is INCREDIBLE!!


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