Around the World (1944)

79, 81 or 90 mins | Comedy | 1944

Directors:

Allan Dwan, Theron Warth

Producer:

Allan Dwan

Cinematographer:

Russell Metty

Editor:

Theron Warth

Production Designers:

Albert D'Agostino, Albert Herman

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Keep Em Singing . The opening credits include the following prologue: "To every battle front where men and women of the United Nations fight--civilians from all walks of life are contributing their honest efforts to the struggle. Among these, the brightest stars of Hollywood and Broadway do their bit--we welcome you to come along on this tour of the global conflict. So stand by! Here we are...Australia!" According to pre-production news items in HR , Edgar Bergen was originally to star in this picture with Kay Kyser but decided to bow out so that he could devote more time to his radio show and camp appearances. Other items in HR note that the Tunisian sequences were filmed in Lone Pine, CA and that additional scenes were filmed by Theron Warth, the film's editor. HR dubbed actress Marcy McGuire as RKO's "Mickey Rooney" and added that the studio was trying to build her to stardom in this film. The Var review incorrectly credits Douglas Travers with special ... More Less

The working title of this film was Keep Em Singing . The opening credits include the following prologue: "To every battle front where men and women of the United Nations fight--civilians from all walks of life are contributing their honest efforts to the struggle. Among these, the brightest stars of Hollywood and Broadway do their bit--we welcome you to come along on this tour of the global conflict. So stand by! Here we are...Australia!" According to pre-production news items in HR , Edgar Bergen was originally to star in this picture with Kay Kyser but decided to bow out so that he could devote more time to his radio show and camp appearances. Other items in HR note that the Tunisian sequences were filmed in Lone Pine, CA and that additional scenes were filmed by Theron Warth, the film's editor. HR dubbed actress Marcy McGuire as RKO's "Mickey Rooney" and added that the studio was trying to build her to stardom in this film. The Var review incorrectly credits Douglas Travers with special effects. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
11 Dec 1943.
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Daily Variety
24 Nov 43
pp. 3-4.
Film Daily
24 Nov 43
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jan 43
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jan 43
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Jan 43
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Apr 43
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
4 May 43
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
28 May 43
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jun 43
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jun 43
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jul 43
p. 2, 20
Hollywood Reporter
15 Nov 43
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Nov 43
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Nov 43
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald
27 Nov 1943.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
31 Jul 43
p. 1457.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
27 Nov 1943.
p. 1645.
New York Times
25 Nov 43
p. 39.
Variety
24 Nov 43
p. 18.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
featuring
Kay Kyser's Band
Rosemary LaPlanche
William Vaughn
Charles Latorre
Mel Merrihugh
Billy Wilkerson
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
2d unit dir
Dir of retakes
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITERS
Orig story and scr
Spec material
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus and vocal arr
Mus numbers created and staged by
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
SOURCES
SONGS
"Don't Believe Everything You Dream," "Candlelight and Wine," "He's Got a Secret Weapon," "They Just Chopped Down the Old Apple Tree," "Great News in the Making," "Roodle-ee-doo" and "The Moke from Shamokin," music and lyrics by Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson
"Waltzing Matilda," music by Marie Cowan, lyrics by A. B. Paterson.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Keep Em Singing
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: week of 20 April 1944
Production Date:
late May--late July 1943
addl scenes 15 November 1943
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
24 November 1943
Copyright Number:
LP12443
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
79, 81 or 90
Length(in feet):
7,275
Country:
United States
PCA No:
9200
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Kay Kyser and his band, accompanied by comic actor Mischa Auer and man-hungry Joan Davis, are entertaining American troops in Australia when young Marcy McGuire begs Kay to let her join the world tour until her father, who is training at an army camp in the United States, sends word for her. After Kay rejects her plea, claiming that she is too young, Marcy stows away onboard the band's plane. When Marcy is discovered, the pilot decides to turn her over to the American Consul in New Delhi, India, which is their next stop. On the flight to India, Kay and Mischa argue over who has collected the best relics on the trip and decide to award $5,000 in war bonds to whomever returns with the best collection. In New Delhi, Kay takes pity on Marcy when the American Consul rules that she must return to Australia, and he agrees to let her travel with the band. From India, the band travels to Chun King, where Marcy begs for a spot in the show. Also in Chun King, the plain-looking Joan snags the slow-witted Joe Gimpus after meeting him in the hotel lobby. Mischa, meanwhile, is directed to the Golden Eagle Club, where he meets the Countess, the owner of the rare ring of the Borgias. Claiming that the ring has placed a curse on her, the Countess offers it to Mischa on the condition that he wear it on the terrace of the Grand Hotel in Cairo. In his enthusiasm, Mischa accidentally spritzes a customer with seltzer water, and the man challenges him to a duel. Kay, in ... +


Kay Kyser and his band, accompanied by comic actor Mischa Auer and man-hungry Joan Davis, are entertaining American troops in Australia when young Marcy McGuire begs Kay to let her join the world tour until her father, who is training at an army camp in the United States, sends word for her. After Kay rejects her plea, claiming that she is too young, Marcy stows away onboard the band's plane. When Marcy is discovered, the pilot decides to turn her over to the American Consul in New Delhi, India, which is their next stop. On the flight to India, Kay and Mischa argue over who has collected the best relics on the trip and decide to award $5,000 in war bonds to whomever returns with the best collection. In New Delhi, Kay takes pity on Marcy when the American Consul rules that she must return to Australia, and he agrees to let her travel with the band. From India, the band travels to Chun King, where Marcy begs for a spot in the show. Also in Chun King, the plain-looking Joan snags the slow-witted Joe Gimpus after meeting him in the hotel lobby. Mischa, meanwhile, is directed to the Golden Eagle Club, where he meets the Countess, the owner of the rare ring of the Borgias. Claiming that the ring has placed a curse on her, the Countess offers it to Mischa on the condition that he wear it on the terrace of the Grand Hotel in Cairo. In his enthusiasm, Mischa accidentally spritzes a customer with seltzer water, and the man challenges him to a duel. Kay, in disguise, comes to the aid of his friend and electrifies Mischa's sword, after which Mischa zaps his opponent out of the competition with 20,000 volts. The band moves on to Egypt, where Marcy advises Joan that to attract a man, she should wear an engagement ring, thus appearing "hard to get." Taking Marcy's advice, Joan borrows Mischa's ring and attracts the attention of three men, who follow her from the hotel terrace to the bazaar. Joan is thrilled that Marcy's advice seems to be working until she meets Mischa in the bazaar. He reclaims the ring, after which three men hijack him for the map hidden in the ring's secret compartment. When the men, who are enemy agents, find the map missing, they release Mischa, who then meets Kay in the bazaar. Learning of his friend's peril, Kay throws away the ring and cancels the bet. The troupe travels to Libya, where Mischa plays the piano with grapefruits and Joan appears with Fred's Football Dogs act. In Monrovia, Marcy is called to army headquarters and is notified by the general that her father was killed in action but has been awarded the Purple Heart. Broken-hearted, Marcy vows never to sing again, even though Kay admonishes her that the show must go on. After running off stage, Marcy collides with the general and then returns to the show. Assuming her position on stage, she begins to sing. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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