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A Night at Earl Carroll's (1940)





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For the purposes of this inconsequential 61-minute musical, Paramount Pictures shelled out a great deal of money to film on location at showman Earl Carroll's Hollywood cabaret, and to highlight several of the performers appearing therein on a nightly basis. Since Carroll claimed to have "The Most Beautiful Girls in the World" in his chorus line, audiences could be forgiven if they didn't remember the particulars of the film's plotline. For the record, the story hinges on the kidnapping of Carroll and his star players so that the show won't go on. But retired showgirl Ramona Lisa (Rose Hobart) and press agent Barney Nelson (Ken Murray) save the day by slapping together an "instant" floor show featuring an entourage of veteran vaudevillians. Heavy doses of politically incorrect humor are provided by comic drunk Jack Norton and by Blanche Stewart and Elvia Allman in their radio characterizations of man-hungry spinsters Brenda and Cobina.


Rose Hobart
as Ramona Lisa
Ken Murray
as Barney Nelson
Elvia Allman
as Cobina Gusher
Blanche Stewart
as Brenda Gusher
J. Carroll Naish
as Steve Kalkus
Russell Hicks
as Mayor Jones
Jack Norton
as Alonzo Smith
Ruth Rogers
as Miss Borgia
Betty McLaughlin
as Miss de Milo
Beryl Wallace
as Miss DuBary
Billy Gilbert
as Machinist's Mate
Forbes Murray
as Mayor Brown
Ralph Emerson
as Mayor Gray
Allan Cavan
as Mayor White
George McKay
as Mayor Stokes
George Meeker
as Stage Manager
Mary Lou Cook
as La Conga Singer
Florine McKinney
as Orchestra Leader
Truman Bradley
as Radio Announcer
Lela Moore
as Herself
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