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Something to Shout About (1943)

90 min | Musical

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. ...See moreFollowing 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 campaign and takes her to the countryside. Samson frames them as being dangerous counterfeiters and they are arrested by the country sheriff, and Samson rushes Jeanie into the star role for the final dress rehearsal. But Donna is released from jail, returns to the show for opening night and it is a miserable flop. Jeanie returns to Altoona, Samson goes on a drunken binge and Ken tries to save the show by convincing Donna into quitting. Written by Les Adams See less
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Don Ameche
Ken Douglas Ken Douglas   See fewer
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Janet Blair
Jeanie Maxwell Jeanie Maxwell   See fewer
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Jack Oakie
Larry Martin Larry Martin   See fewer
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William Gaxton
Willard Samson Willard Samson   See fewer
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Cobina Wright
Donna Davis (as Cobina Wright Jr.) Donna Davis (as Cobina Wright Jr.)   See fewer
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Veda Ann Borg
Flo Bentley Flo Bentley   See fewer
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Jaye Martin
Dan Howard Dan Howard   See fewer
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Cyd Charisse
Lily (as Lily Norwood) Lily (as Lily Norwood)   See fewer
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The Bricklayers
Speciality Dog Act Speciality Dog Act   See fewer
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Teddy Wilson
Teddy Wilson - Orchestra Leader Teddy Wilson - Orchestra Leader   See fewer
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Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra
Teddy Wilson's Orchestra Teddy Wilson's Orchestra   See fewer
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Hazel Scott
Hazel Scott Hazel Scott   See fewer
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Rubin
Bit Role Bit Role   See fewer
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Kay Aldridge
Show Girl (uncredited) Show Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Barrows
Aloysius - the Masseur (uncredited) Aloysius - the Masseur (uncredited)   See fewer
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James 'Buster' Brown
Tap Dancer (uncredited) Tap Dancer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Chefe
Man in Audience (uncredited) Man in Audience (uncredited)   See fewer
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Cliff Clark
Harrigan - Desk Sergeant (uncredited) Harrigan - Desk Sergeant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sayre Dearing
Man in Audience (uncredited) Man in Audience (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Ferguson
Man in Audience (uncredited) Man in Audience (uncredited)   See fewer
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James Flavin
Policeman (uncredited) Policeman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Gardner
Taxi Driver (uncredited) Taxi Driver (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edward Gargan
Detective Stone (uncredited) Detective Stone (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dick Gordon
Pearson - Donna's Butler (uncredited) Pearson - Donna's Butler (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Harvey
Gabe Ridley - Small Town Reporter (uncredited) Gabe Ridley - Small Town Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Judels
Brother Hunkafer (uncredited) Brother Hunkafer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kenner G. Kemp
Restaurant Patron (uncredited) Restaurant Patron (uncredited)   See fewer
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David Lichine
Rhumba Dancer - Hasta Luego Number (uncredited) Rhumba Dancer - Hasta Luego Number (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bert Moorhouse
Man in Audience (uncredited) Man in Audience (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ralph Peters
Turkish Bath Manager (uncredited) Turkish Bath Manager (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tom Quinn
Man in Audience (uncredited) Man in Audience (uncredited)   See fewer
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Rita
Bit Role (uncredited) Bit Role (uncredited)   See fewer
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Cosmo Sardo
Turkish Bath Barber (uncredited) Turkish Bath Barber (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bert Stevens
Man in Audience (uncredited) Man in Audience (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ben Taggart
Train Conductor (uncredited) Train Conductor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Minerva Urecal
Mrs. Starretton (uncredited) Mrs. Starretton (uncredited)   See fewer
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James 'Chuckles' Walker
Chuckles (uncredited) Chuckles (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eddy Waller
George Priam - Concert Attendee (uncredited) George Priam - Concert Attendee (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lee 'Lasses' White
Uncle Bert - Small Town Sheriff (uncredited) Uncle Bert - Small Town Sheriff (uncredited)   See fewer
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5.6 / 10 | 62 votes