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Beautiful But Broke (1944)

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74 min | Comedy, Music

Theatrical agent Waldo Main (John Eldredge) is inducted into the army, and turns his (now clientless) agency over to his secretary Dottie Duncan (Joan Davis). Dottie decides to organize an all-girl orchestra to fill the void caused by so ...See moreTheatrical agent Waldo Main (John Eldredge) is inducted into the army, and turns his (now clientless) agency over to his secretary Dottie Duncan (Joan Davis). Dottie decides to organize an all-girl orchestra to fill the void caused by so many orchestra members being called to service due to WWII, and joins struggling singers/songwriters Sally Richards (Jane Frazee) and Sue Ford ('Judy Clark') in this endeavor. Dottie's screwball schemes to get engagements for the group often lead to disaster. Written by Les Adams See less
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Writers
Arthur Housman (story) | Monte Brice (screenplay) | Manuel Seff (adaptation) (as Manny Seff)
Cinematographer
L. William O'Connell (as L.W. O'Connell)
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Updated Jan 28, 1944

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Jan 28, 1944 (United States)

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56 cast members
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Joan Davis
Dottie Duncan Dottie Duncan   See fewer
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John Hubbard
Bill Drake Bill Drake   See fewer
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Jane Frazee
Sally Richards Sally Richards   See fewer
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Judy Clark
Sue Ford Sue Ford   See fewer
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Bob Haymes
Capt. Jack Foster Capt. Jack Foster   See fewer
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Willie West and McGinty
Carpenters Carpenters   See fewer
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Byron Foulger
Maxwell McKay Maxwell McKay   See fewer
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George McKay
Station Master Station Master   See fewer
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Isabel Withers
Mrs. Grayson Mrs. Grayson   See fewer
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John Eldredge
Waldo Main Waldo Main   See fewer
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Grace Hayle
Birdie Benson Birdie Benson   See fewer
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John Dilson
Putnam Putnam   See fewer
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Gwen Brian
Singer in Trio (as The Brian Sisters) Singer in Trio (as The Brian Sisters)   See fewer
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Betty Brian
Singer in Trio (as The Brian Sisters) Singer in Trio (as The Brian Sisters)   See fewer
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Doris Brian
Singer in Trio (as The Brian Sisters) Singer in Trio (as The Brian Sisters)   See fewer
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Wesley Bilson
Child (uncredited) Child (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Bronson
Shy Soldier (uncredited) Shy Soldier (uncredited)   See fewer
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Marguerite Campbell
Trumpet Player (uncredited) Trumpet Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Arthur Carrington
Child (uncredited) Child (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gloria Chappell
Saxophone Player (uncredited) Saxophone Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kernan Cripps
Defense Worker (uncredited) Defense Worker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Genevieve Durah
Trumpet Player (uncredited) Trumpet Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kathleen Earhart
Child (uncredited) Child (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bunky Fleischman
Child (uncredited) Child (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joanne Frank
Secretary (uncredited) Secretary (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dorothy Frons
Trombone Player (uncredited) Trombone Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ruth Gordon
Bass Player (uncredited) Bass Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gary Gray
Boy in Nursery (uncredited) Boy in Nursery (uncredited)   See fewer
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Laura Gruver
Trumpet Player (uncredited) Trumpet Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Chuck Hamilton
Defense Worker (uncredited) Defense Worker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Helen Ireland
Saxophone Player (uncredited) Saxophone Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lew Kelly
Huckster (uncredited) Huckster (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joe King
Mr. Martin (uncredited) Mr. Martin (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tom Kingston
Waiter (uncredited) Waiter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Christine McIntyre
Telephone Operator (uncredited) Telephone Operator (uncredited)   See fewer
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John O'Brien
Child (uncredited) Child (uncredited)   See fewer
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Brian O'Hara
Defense Worker (uncredited) Defense Worker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lorraine Paige
Drummer (uncredited) Drummer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joe Palma
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Patsy Patterson
Child (uncredited) Child (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gerald Pierce
Elevator Boy (uncredited) Elevator Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Evelyn Porter
Minnie (uncredited) Minnie (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dorothy Prons
Trombone Player (uncredited) Trombone Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ronald R. Rondell
Pilot (uncredited) Pilot (uncredited)   See fewer
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Janice Simmons
Saxophone Player (uncredited) Saxophone Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ben Taggart
Pullman Conductor (uncredited) Pullman Conductor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Geraldine Tinker
Child (uncredited) Child (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Tyrrell
Sergeant with Dog / Radio Voice Announcing Duck Season (uncredited) Sergeant with Dog / Radio Voice Announcing Duck Season (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jean Vanderwilt
Child (uncredited) Child (uncredited)   See fewer
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Emmett Vogan
Hotel Manager (uncredited) Hotel Manager (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert B. Williams
Train Conductor (uncredited) Train Conductor (uncredited)   See fewer
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June Arleen Wilson
Child (uncredited) Child (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lewis Wilson
Pilot (uncredited) Pilot (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.4 / 10 | 46 votes