Are You with It? (1948)

89-90 mins | Musical comedy | April 1948

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HISTORY

Lew Parker reprised the role of "Goldie", which he played in the Broadway production, for this film. Universal borrowed Olga San Juan from Paramount for her role. Although an Oct 1946 HR news item states that Peter Lind Hayes was to be a co-star, he did not appear in the final ... More Less

Lew Parker reprised the role of "Goldie", which he played in the Broadway production, for this film. Universal borrowed Olga San Juan from Paramount for her role. Although an Oct 1946 HR news item states that Peter Lind Hayes was to be a co-star, he did not appear in the final film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
20 Mar 1948.
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Daily Variety
11 Mar 48
p. 3.
Film Daily
31 Mar 48
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Oct 46
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Nov 47
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Dec 47
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Jan 48
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Mar 48
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Apr 48
p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
31 Jan 48
p. 4039.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
13 Mar 48
p. 4095.
New York Times
15 Apr 48
p. 31.
Newsweek
26 Apr 1948.
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Variety
17 Mar 48
p. 8.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Pat Dane
James Dodd
Robert O'Neill
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Stills
ART DIRECTORS
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus arr and dir
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog
DANCE
Dance dir
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Coordination of prod
Tech adv
Scr supv
Specialty supv
Specialty supv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the musical comedy Are You With It? book by Sam Perrin and George Balzer, music by Harry Revel (New York City, 1945) and the novel Slightly Perfect by George Malcolm-Smith (New York, 1941).
SONGS
"Daddy, Surprise Me," "What Do I Have to Do?" "Down at Baba's Alley," "Are You With It?" "I'm Looking for a Prince of a Fella" and "A Little Imagination," words and music by Sidney Miller and Inez James.
DETAILS
Release Date:
April 1948
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: 14 April 1948
Production Date:
early November--late December 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
8 June 1948
Copyright Number:
LP1914
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
gauge
16mm
Duration(in mins):
89-90
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
12945
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

At the Nutmeg Insurance Company in Hartford, Connecticut, Havard-educated actuary Milton Haskins is awarded a quick promotion for his unerring rate tables. His secretary, Vivian Reilly, thrills to the news, since the promotion will speed up Milton's life plan and allow them to marry earlier. Soon after, however, boss Mr. Bixby and company president Mr. Mapleton point out that Milton has made his first mistake, which cost the company thousands of dollars, and he decides he must quit. While walking dejectedly in the park that day, he meets carnival pitchman John "Goldie" McGoldrick, who quickly realizes that Milton's genius at predicting mathematical progressions can serve them well with carnival chance games. Goldie gets Milton drunk and brings him to the carnival, where he finagles a job for Milton from owner Jason "Pop" Carter, who is struggling to keep an investor, Mrs. Minerva Henkle, from buying the failing carnival out from under him. Goldie puts Milton to work as a fake customer on the Wheel of Fortune game of chance, but Milton cleans out the game by successfully predicting the outcome of every spin of the wheel. Goldie then urges him to work in the carnival follies, where Milton blooms as a dancer and singer. Soon, Vivian arrives and jealously watches Milton dancing with beautiful women. After the show, someone tries to break into Milton's suitcase and throws a knife at him, but he insists to a fellow perfomer that he has never felt so alive. Later that day, the carnival's accountant, Herman Bogel, who suspects Milton might be a spy from the insurance company, urges dancer Sally to seduce information out of Milton. When Vivian stands at Milton's door ... +


At the Nutmeg Insurance Company in Hartford, Connecticut, Havard-educated actuary Milton Haskins is awarded a quick promotion for his unerring rate tables. His secretary, Vivian Reilly, thrills to the news, since the promotion will speed up Milton's life plan and allow them to marry earlier. Soon after, however, boss Mr. Bixby and company president Mr. Mapleton point out that Milton has made his first mistake, which cost the company thousands of dollars, and he decides he must quit. While walking dejectedly in the park that day, he meets carnival pitchman John "Goldie" McGoldrick, who quickly realizes that Milton's genius at predicting mathematical progressions can serve them well with carnival chance games. Goldie gets Milton drunk and brings him to the carnival, where he finagles a job for Milton from owner Jason "Pop" Carter, who is struggling to keep an investor, Mrs. Minerva Henkle, from buying the failing carnival out from under him. Goldie puts Milton to work as a fake customer on the Wheel of Fortune game of chance, but Milton cleans out the game by successfully predicting the outcome of every spin of the wheel. Goldie then urges him to work in the carnival follies, where Milton blooms as a dancer and singer. Soon, Vivian arrives and jealously watches Milton dancing with beautiful women. After the show, someone tries to break into Milton's suitcase and throws a knife at him, but he insists to a fellow perfomer that he has never felt so alive. Later that day, the carnival's accountant, Herman Bogel, who suspects Milton might be a spy from the insurance company, urges dancer Sally to seduce information out of Milton. When Vivian stands at Milton's door and hears them together, she mistakenly assumes they are having an affair, and lets Goldie's girl friend, dancer Bunny LaFleur, talk her into joining the carnival show to make Milton jealous. In the middle of the show, Milton attempts to drag her offstage, resulting in an audience mêlée which lands all the carnies in jail. Though Bixby bails out Milton and Vivian and coaxes them back to work, they refuse to leave until he promises to release their friends, in exchange for Milton's salary for the next two years. Milton returns to the office, but leaves immediately when Vivian finds an insurance file on Mrs. Henkle which incriminates her and Bogel. Though Pop has just sold the carnival to Mrs. Henkle, Milton, Vivian, Bunny and Goldie run to the arena and entertain the crowd to keep the carnival alive until Bogel, Henkle, Bixby and Mr. Mapleton can be gathered together. Milton then reveals that, years before, Mrs. Henkle collected on an insurance policy on her dead husband, and if Bogel has a tattoo of a heart on his chest, it will prove he is her husband and they have committed fraud. Though at first Bogel displays a tattoo of a boat, Vivian's accusation that she is having Bogel's baby makes Mrs. Henkle attack Bogel until he pulls off the fake tattoo and reveals the real one underneath. After they are arrested, and Pop regains control of the carnival, Milton and Vivian agree to do Nutmeg's accounting as long as they can continue to work at the carnival with their friends. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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