Film: 10145

Feature Drama | 1940 | Sound | B/W


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Hollywood stars entertain and wait on servicemen at a fictitious nightclub during World War Two.

Part One.
Film 10144 is Part Two.
Stars in either 10145 or 10144 are as follows:
Judith Anderson
Kenny Baker
Tallulah Bankhead
Ralph Bellamy
Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy
Ray Bolger
Ina Claire
Katherine Conrell
Gracie Fields
Lynn Fontanne
Helen Hayes
Katherine Hepburn
Hugh Herbert
Jean Hersholt
George Jessel
Gypsy Rose Lee
Alfred Lunt
Harpo Marx
Elsa Merman
Paul Muni
Merle Oberon
George Raft
Lanny Ross
Martha Scott
Ethel Waters
Johnny Weismuller
Ed Wynn

Other actors are: Henry Armetta, Benny Barker, Helen Broderick, Lloyd Corrigan, Jane Darwell, William Demarest, Virginia Field, Vinton Freedley, Ann Gillis, Lucille Gleason, Vera Gordon, Virginia Grey, Sam Jaffe, Allen Jenkins, Roscoe Karns, Tom Kennedy, Otto Kruger, June Lang, Betty Lawford, Bert Lytell, Aline MacMahon, Horace MacMahon, Helen Menken, Peggy Moran, Ralph Morgan, Alan Mowbray, Elliott Nugent, Patrick O'Moore, Franklin Pangborn, Helen Parish, Brock Pemberton, Selena Royal, Marion Shockley, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Ned Sparks, Bill Stern, Arlene Whelan and Dame May Whitty.

Featuring the following bands:
Count Basie, Xavier Cugat, Benny Goodman, Kay Kyser, Guy Lombardo, Freddie Martin

Songs include:
A Rookie and his rhythm
She's a bombshell from Brooklyn
We mustn't say goodbye
Sleep Baby Sleep (in your jeep)
Don't worry island
You're pretty terrific yourself
The girl I love to leave behind.

US Army troop train. Troops think they are destined to go oversea on active service. Next day on drill they are told they have a 24 hour pass in New York. Servicemen queue to get into the Stage Door Canteen. Their dog tags are checked on the way in. Ed Wynn is the hat and coat check man. The servicemen get something to eat. A British servicmen can't get over having chocolate cake and oranges. The club waitresses and dancing partners make sure the boys have a nice time before they leave for active service overseas.

Ventriliquist act. Puppet is an army officer with a monacle. Very funny gags in the routine. The puppet is exchanged for another who is dressed as a delivery man. He does not know what is in the big parcel. Gracie Fields suddenly jumps out of the parcel. She sings a jazzy number then for a request she sings 'The Lord's Prayer'. The people in the club all watch her seriously and bow their heads.
Chat between servicemen and some of the lady waitress and dancing partners. They get to know each other. Big band number 'The Rookie and his rhythm' good saxaphone solo. An American GI gets up and does a funny dance on stage. Others jitterbug. Helen Hayes. Ray Bolger does a song and dance routine of army drill and present arms - very good. Followed by a tap dance routine. Couples dance to 'Goodnight Sweetheart'. A rhumba number 'Bomshell of Brooklyn'.
End of part one.

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