Hi, Good Lookin'! (1944)

60 mins | Comedy | 24 March 1944

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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Has Anyone Here Seen Kelly? and Anyone Here Seen Kelly? According to a Mar 1943 HR news item, Universal purchased a novel entitled Has Anyone Here Seen Kelly? from writer Edward Rutt. HR then announced that a Universal film by that name was going into production on 19 Jul 1943 as the first film of associate producer Frank Gross, a former editor. It has not been determined if that planned film has any relationship to this film, which was also produced by Gross, but is credited as being based on an original story by Paul Gerard Smith. HR news items state that Anne Gwynne was to play the female lead in the production, but she did not appear in the released film. HR production charts include Samuel S. Hinds in the cast, but he was not seen in the viewed ... More Less

The working titles of this film were Has Anyone Here Seen Kelly? and Anyone Here Seen Kelly? According to a Mar 1943 HR news item, Universal purchased a novel entitled Has Anyone Here Seen Kelly? from writer Edward Rutt. HR then announced that a Universal film by that name was going into production on 19 Jul 1943 as the first film of associate producer Frank Gross, a former editor. It has not been determined if that planned film has any relationship to this film, which was also produced by Gross, but is credited as being based on an original story by Paul Gerard Smith. HR news items state that Anne Gwynne was to play the female lead in the production, but she did not appear in the released film. HR production charts include Samuel S. Hinds in the cast, but he was not seen in the viewed print. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
18 Mar 1944.
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Daily Variety
10 Mar 44
p. 6.
Film Daily
24 Mar 44
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Mar 43
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Jul 43
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Nov 43
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Dec 43
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Dec 43
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Dec 43
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Dec 43
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Mar 44
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
18 Mar 44
p. 1801.
Variety
15 Mar 44
p. 32.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Dir of sd
[Sd] tech
SOURCES
MUSIC
"Aunt Hagar's Blues" by W. C. Handy.
SONGS
"I Won't Forget the Dawn," words and music by Don Raye and Gene de Paul
"By Mistake," words and music by Inez Jones and Sidney Miller
"Paper Doll," words and music by Johnny S. Black
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SONGS
"I Won't Forget the Dawn," words and music by Don Raye and Gene de Paul
"By Mistake," words and music by Inez Jones and Sidney Miller
"Paper Doll," words and music by Johnny S. Black
"You're Just the Sweetest Thing," words and music by Basil Adlam and Walter Bishop
"A Slight Case of Love," words and music by Buzz Adlam
"Deacon Jones," words and music by Johnny Lange, Hy Heath and Richard Loring
"Just a Stowaway on a Ship of Dreams," words and music by Vic Knight.
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Anyone Here Seen Kelly?
Has Anyone Here Seen Kelly?
Release Date:
24 March 1944
Production Date:
10 December--late December 1943
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
17 March 1944
Copyright Number:
LP12577
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60
Length(in feet):
5,541
Country:
United States
PCA No:
9951
SYNOPSIS

Singer King Castle and Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra rehearse for their Federated Broadcasting Company radio show, which has been sponsored for the last three years by Angel Soap. Watching the rehearsal are advertising man Gib Dickson and newspaper columnist Bill Eaton, who has an ongoing feud with King. Meanwhile, singer Kelly Clark arrives in Hollywood from Kansas expecting sudden stardom, as she mistakenly thinks that her friend, Dyalisous "Dynamo" Carson, a tour guide, is an executive at FBC. When her bag is accidentally taken to King by Archie, King's theatrical manager, Kelly meets the radio star. Later, Dynamo gets Kelly a job as a waitress at a nearby hotel, where she once again meets King. King invites Kelly to have a drink, and she ends up singing an impromptu duet with him at a restaurant. The next day, Dynamo asks King to help Kelly get a job on the radio show of disc jockey Joe Smedley. Joe, however, refuses put to Kelly on the air unless King sings with her. King agrees, but only if he can sing anonymously, as he fears being fired from his own radio show for appearing on a rival show. "Kelly and Her Boyfriends" is soon a big hit, and Eaton, who has been plugging the show in his column, tells Peggy, Dynamo's girl friend and Kelly's roommate, that he plans to attend the next show in person. King appears at the show wearing in a fake beard and is introduced to the columnist as "John Smith." Although Eaton suspects King's ruse, he is unable to prove his true identity. Meanwhile, King's ratings on ... +


Singer King Castle and Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra rehearse for their Federated Broadcasting Company radio show, which has been sponsored for the last three years by Angel Soap. Watching the rehearsal are advertising man Gib Dickson and newspaper columnist Bill Eaton, who has an ongoing feud with King. Meanwhile, singer Kelly Clark arrives in Hollywood from Kansas expecting sudden stardom, as she mistakenly thinks that her friend, Dyalisous "Dynamo" Carson, a tour guide, is an executive at FBC. When her bag is accidentally taken to King by Archie, King's theatrical manager, Kelly meets the radio star. Later, Dynamo gets Kelly a job as a waitress at a nearby hotel, where she once again meets King. King invites Kelly to have a drink, and she ends up singing an impromptu duet with him at a restaurant. The next day, Dynamo asks King to help Kelly get a job on the radio show of disc jockey Joe Smedley. Joe, however, refuses put to Kelly on the air unless King sings with her. King agrees, but only if he can sing anonymously, as he fears being fired from his own radio show for appearing on a rival show. "Kelly and Her Boyfriends" is soon a big hit, and Eaton, who has been plugging the show in his column, tells Peggy, Dynamo's girl friend and Kelly's roommate, that he plans to attend the next show in person. King appears at the show wearing in a fake beard and is introduced to the columnist as "John Smith." Although Eaton suspects King's ruse, he is unable to prove his true identity. Meanwhile, King's ratings on his own show are slipping, and his sponsors, Homer and Clara Hardacre, have notified Gib that they wish to replace King with "Kelly and Her Boyfriends." They offer Dynamo $2,500 a week to sign his clients, so he arranges a meeting between Kelly and the Hardacres at the Orchid Room nightclub. Kelly arrives with King, who soon learns that he is being replaced by his girl friend. Eaton then appears at their table to gloat over King's demise, which leads to a fight between the singer and the columnist. After the mêlée, King is arrested and Kelly is forced to replace him on the air that night. King arrives at the station, however, just in time to join Kelly on the program. After the show, Eaton exposes King's true identity, but agrees to drop charges against the singer for his exclusive story. King and Kelly then announce their engagement, and the Hardacres agree to sponsor a new show starring "Mr. and Mrs. King Castle." +

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

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