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Make Believe Ballroom (1949)

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79 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

Liza Lee, fast-talking press agent for Al Jarvis, persuades Jarvis to stage a Musical Mystery Contest, with a $5000 prize to the person who can first name the most musical numbers and their performers. Drive-in carhops Gene Thomas ) and ...See moreLiza Lee, fast-talking press agent for Al Jarvis, persuades Jarvis to stage a Musical Mystery Contest, with a $5000 prize to the person who can first name the most musical numbers and their performers. Drive-in carhops Gene Thomas ) and Josie Marlow run neck-and-neck in the contest, They are friendly rivals until college professor Leslie Todd begins courting Josie. Gene is thrown out of the contest on the grounds he tried to bribe sound engineer Jerskin Elliott into telling him the name and performer of the final, deciding mystery tune. Believing that Gene is innocent, Josie tricks a confession out of Elliott and clears Gene for the grand finale. Written by Les Adams See less
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Writers
Albert Duffy (story) (screenplay) | Karen DeWolf (screenplay) | Martin Block (based on radio program) | Al Jarvis (based on radio program)
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Updated Apr 1, 1949

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Apr 1, 1949 (United States)

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42 cast members
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Jerome Courtland
Gene Thomas Gene Thomas   See fewer
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Ruth Warrick
Liza Lee Liza Lee   See fewer
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Ron Randell
Leslie Todd Leslie Todd   See fewer
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Virginia Welles
Josie Marlow Josie Marlow   See fewer
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Adele Jergens
Adele Jergens Adele Jergens   See fewer
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Jimmy Dorsey
Band Leader Jimmy Dorsey Band Leader Jimmy Dorsey   See fewer
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Martin Block
Disc Jockey Martin Block Disc Jockey Martin Block   See fewer
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Al Jarvis
Al Jarvis - Disc Jockey Al Jarvis - Disc Jockey   See fewer
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Frankie Laine
Singer Frankie Laine Singer Frankie Laine   See fewer
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Gene Krupa
Drummer Gene Krupa Drummer Gene Krupa   See fewer
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Pee Wee Hunt
Band Leader Pee Wee Hunt Band Leader Pee Wee Hunt   See fewer
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Kay Starr
Singer Kay Starr Singer Kay Starr   See fewer
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Jack Smith
Singer Jack Smith Singer Jack Smith   See fewer
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Toni Harper
Singer Toni Harper Singer Toni Harper   See fewer
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Nat 'King' Cole
Trio Leader (as King Cole Trio) Trio Leader (as King Cole Trio)   See fewer
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The King Cole Trio
King Cole Trio King Cole Trio   See fewer
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Charlie Barnet
Charlie Barnet, Bandleader Charlie Barnet, Bandleader   See fewer
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Jan Garber
Band Leader Jan Garber Band Leader Jan Garber   See fewer
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Ray McKinley
Band Leader Ray McKinley Band Leader Ray McKinley   See fewer
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The Sportsmen Quartet
The Sportsmen Quartet (as The Sportsmen) The Sportsmen Quartet (as The Sportsmen)   See fewer
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Gurney Bell
Member of The Sportsmen Quartet (uncredited) Member of The Sportsmen Quartet (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sue Casey
Carhop (uncredited) Carhop (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bill Days
Member of The Sportsmen Quartet (uncredited) Member of The Sportsmen Quartet (uncredited)   See fewer
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Vernon Dent
Chef (uncredited) Chef (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kenneth Harvey
Reporter (uncredited) Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Paul Harvey
George Wilcox (uncredited) George Wilcox (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dick Haynes
Announcer (uncredited) Announcer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Louis Jean Heydt
Jerskin Elliott (uncredited) Jerskin Elliott (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jimmy Kelly
Fat Man (uncredited) Fat Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charleen Kerr
Carhop (uncredited) Carhop (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bob Mascagno
Carhop (uncredited) Carhop (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Orth
Pop (uncredited) Pop (uncredited)   See fewer
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Don Otis
Announcer (uncredited) Announcer (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Phillips
Reporter (uncredited) Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Allan Ray
Carhop (uncredited) Carhop (uncredited)   See fewer
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Billy Snyder
Freddie (uncredited) Freddie (uncredited)   See fewer
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Martin Sperzel
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Bob Stevens
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Sid Tomack
Joe (uncredited) Joe (uncredited)   See fewer
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Nancy Valentine
Carhop (uncredited) Carhop (uncredited)   See fewer
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Peter Virgo
Reporter (uncredited) Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Pierre Watkin
Program Director (uncredited) Program Director (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.8 / 10 | 23 votes