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April Showers (1948)

Approved | | Musical | 27 March 1948 (USA)
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The 'Two Tymes', Joe and June, need to change up their dogeared vaudeville act - fast. Cue their son Buster; a cocky hoofer who bolts from boarding school and joins them, propelling the trio into the big time. But success brings trouble.

Director:

James V. Kern

Writers:

Joe Laurie Jr. (story), Peter Milne
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jack Carson ... Joe Tyme
Ann Sothern ... June Tyme
Robert Alda ... Billy Shay
S.Z. Sakall ... Mr. Curley
Robert Ellis ... Buster Tyme
Richard Rober ... Al Wilson
Joseph Crehan ... William Barnes
Billy Curtis ... Col. Rudolph L. Nemo
John Gallaudet ... Mr. Gordon
Philip Van Zandt ... Harry Swift
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Storyline

A married couple who have a song-and-dance act in vaudeville are in trouble. Their struggling act is going nowhere, they're almost broke and they have to do something to get them back on top or they'll really be in trouble. They decide to put their young son in the act in hopes of attracting some new attention. The boy turns out to be a major talent, audiences love him and the act is on its way to the top. That's when an organization whose purpose is to stop children from performing on stage shows up, and they're dead set on breaking up the act. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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MUSICAL COMEDY OF THE VAUDEVILLE DAYS! (original ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Olvida tus pesares See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Carson's guitar solo was dubbed by Tony Romano and his piano solo by David Klatzkin according to a contemporary source per the AFI Catalog entry on this film. See more »

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Referenced in This Theatre and You (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine
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Music by Karl Hoschna
Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach
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A terrific genre musical of the period
27 October 2003 | by jameswarrenpSee all my reviews

I am an inveterate movie fan and am astonished that this little gem of a flick managed to escape my attention. I only saw it today (10/26/03) for the first time. Although Warner's Forties period musicals ("Shine On, Harvest Moon," "Daughter of Rosie O'Grady," et alia) couldn't quite match those of 20th Century-Fox's, especially those of Grable and Faye, this was a a valiant effort and totally watchable. The 15-year-old Billy Ellis' portrayal of the 12-year-old Small Tyme was a stretch, but he was such winning presence and so talented that one can forgive the producers for not making the character closer to the actor's true age. Sothern was wonderful. Even Jack Carson, an actor whose screen personality can often be grating, performed winningly in a starring role. Robert Alda rounded out the cast in a not very sympathetic part. This film gets my thumbs up.


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