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Sleepy Lagoon (1943)

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65 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

Transient workers are pouring into Sleepy Lagoon by the thousands to work in the local defense factories, with no means of finding good clean fun in a town that has been moribund as its name for years past. They have been squandering their...See moreTransient workers are pouring into Sleepy Lagoon by the thousands to work in the local defense factories, with no means of finding good clean fun in a town that has been moribund as its name for years past. They have been squandering their earnings and going into debt at the gambling houses, hostesses-provided dance halls and saloons that have opened up overnight. Judy Joyner, young radio personality whose voice is heard nightly over the local radio station, is put up as mayoralty candidate on an all-femme reform ticket, backed by suffragette Sarah Rogers, and wins the election easily against the shady politicians headed by pork-barreling Mayor Cyrus Coates. Mrs. Crumm is chosen by Judy to be the new chief-of-police. Judy thinks re-opening the derelict old amusement park down by the shore will serve as the amusement place needed to solve the problems, and sends for her Uncle Dudley, a carnival man from way back, to be the manager. But Jay Lucarne, alias The Brain, the gambling racketeer for whom Dudley stooges for a living, sees the Sleepy Lagoon set-up as a fool-proof dish of gravy into which he can dip his fingers with full official protection of the girl-mayor, unknowingly to her. He forces Dudley, with a gun in his back and threats against his niece, to accept the job and The Brain and his gang of thugs move in on Sleepy Lagoon. Before long, a flourishing gambling hall is being run in a subterranean hall beneath the park...and Judy is facing charges of political corruption. Written by Les Adams See less
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Bud Thackery (photographed by)
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Richard L. Van Enger (as Richard Van Enger)
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Sep 5, 1943 (United States)

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36 cast members
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Judy Canova
Judy Joyner Judy Joyner   See fewer
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Dennis Day
Lancelot Hillie / Dennis Day Lancelot Hillie / Dennis Day   See fewer
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Ruth Donnelly
Sarah Rogers Sarah Rogers   See fewer
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Joe Sawyer
Lumpy Lumpy   See fewer
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Ernest Truex
Dudley Joyner Dudley Joyner   See fewer
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Douglas Fowley
J. 'The Brain' Lucarno J. 'The Brain' Lucarno   See fewer
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Will Wright
Cyrus Coates Cyrus Coates   See fewer
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Herbert Corthell
Sheriff Lem Bates Sheriff Lem Bates   See fewer
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Ellen Lowe
Mrs. Simms Mrs. Simms   See fewer
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Kitty McHugh
Mrs. Small Mrs. Small   See fewer
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Eddy Chandler
Ticket Seller (as Eddie Chandler) Ticket Seller (as Eddie Chandler)   See fewer
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Jack Raymond
Joe--Clown Joe--Clown   See fewer
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Margaret Reid
Mrs. Crumm Mrs. Crumm   See fewer
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Mike Riley
Bandleader (as Mike Riley and His Orchestra) Bandleader (as Mike Riley and His Orchestra)   See fewer
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Frank Austin
Wolf Man (uncredited) Wolf Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Armand Cortes
Mephisto (uncredited) Mephisto (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mozelle Cravens
Secretary (uncredited) Secretary (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jim Farley
Bailiff (uncredited) Bailiff (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Gardner
Sailor (uncredited) Sailor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Graham
Narrator (uncredited) Narrator (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eddie Gribbon
A Lug (uncredited) A Lug (uncredited)   See fewer
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Rondo Hatton
Hunchback (uncredited) Hunchback (uncredited)   See fewer
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Payne B. Johnson
School Boy at Carnival (uncredited) School Boy at Carnival (uncredited)   See fewer
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Darby Jones
Cannibal (uncredited) Cannibal (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Kenney
A Lug (uncredited) A Lug (uncredited)   See fewer
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Art Laforrest
Mummy (uncredited) Mummy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jeannine Lehr
Sailor's Girl Friend (uncredited) Sailor's Girl Friend (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jay Novello
Lug (uncredited) Lug (uncredited)   See fewer
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Walter Soderling
Truant Officer (uncredited) Truant Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sammy Stein
Lug (uncredited) Lug (uncredited)   See fewer
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Larry Stewart
Man (uncredited) Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Emil Van Horn
Gorilla (uncredited) Gorilla (uncredited)   See fewer
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Herb Vigran
Man (uncredited) Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Johnny Walsh
Boy (uncredited) Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Don Wilmot
Boy (uncredited) Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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7 / 10 | 22 votes