A Night at Earl Carroll's (1940)

61 mins | Comedy | 6 December 1940

Director:

Kurt Neumann

Producer:

Earl Carroll

Cinematographer:

Leo Tover

Editor:

Alma Macrorie

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, Robert Odell

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

In the opening credits, the well-known radio personalities Brenda and Cobina Gusher, a comedy team featured on Bob Hope's radio show, are listed simply as "Brenda Gusher" and "Cobina Gusher," rather than as Blanche Stewart and Elvia Allman, the actresses who portrayed those characters on radio and in the film. In the end credits, however, Stewart and Allman are listed, but their character names are not. Although Billy Gilbert is listed in the opening credits, his name was excluded from the closing credits. According to news items in the HR , this picture was scheduled to go into production in Feb 1940 with Mel Epstein acting as assistant director, Arthur Franklin as music advisor and Charles Hisserich and Eugene Merritt as sound mixers. It did not go into production, however, until April, when it utilized a different crew. This picture marked the first screen appearance of Earl Carroll, the proprietor of a popular theater restaurant in Hollywood, and except for three or four scenes, the picture was filmed entirely on location at Carroll's nightclub using an extra-fast film to compensate for the low ... More Less

In the opening credits, the well-known radio personalities Brenda and Cobina Gusher, a comedy team featured on Bob Hope's radio show, are listed simply as "Brenda Gusher" and "Cobina Gusher," rather than as Blanche Stewart and Elvia Allman, the actresses who portrayed those characters on radio and in the film. In the end credits, however, Stewart and Allman are listed, but their character names are not. Although Billy Gilbert is listed in the opening credits, his name was excluded from the closing credits. According to news items in the HR , this picture was scheduled to go into production in Feb 1940 with Mel Epstein acting as assistant director, Arthur Franklin as music advisor and Charles Hisserich and Eugene Merritt as sound mixers. It did not go into production, however, until April, when it utilized a different crew. This picture marked the first screen appearance of Earl Carroll, the proprietor of a popular theater restaurant in Hollywood, and except for three or four scenes, the picture was filmed entirely on location at Carroll's nightclub using an extra-fast film to compensate for the low lighting. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
13 Nov 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
22 Nov 40
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Nov 39
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Nov 39
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Dec 39
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Jan 40
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Feb 40
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Apr 40
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Apr 40
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Nov 40
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
18 Nov 40
p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald
16 Nov 40
pp. 41-44.
New York Times
23 Jan 41
p. 19.
Variety
20 Nov 40
p. 16.
CAST
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PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
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SOURCES
SONGS
"One Look at You," words and music by Victor Young and Frank Loesser
"I Wanna Make with the Happy Times," words and music by Gertrude Niesen and Frank Loesser
"Li'l Boy Love," words and music by Frank Loesser and Frederick Hollander
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SONGS
"One Look at You," words and music by Victor Young and Frank Loesser
"I Wanna Make with the Happy Times," words and music by Gertrude Niesen and Frank Loesser
"Li'l Boy Love," words and music by Frank Loesser and Frederick Hollander
"Cali Conga," words and music by Nilo Menendez, Earl Carroll and Dorcas Cochran.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
6 December 1940
Production Date:
began April 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
6 December 1940
Copyright Number:
LP10101
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
61
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6259
SYNOPSIS

Mayor John Jones of Hollywood hosts a benefit for California mayors at Earl Carroll's nightclub, which features the "most beautiful girls in the world" in its nightly show. Jones's recent attempts to rid Hollywood of illegal gambling by putting pressure on gangster Steve Kalkus have increased his political clout in California. Jones hopes that by the end of the evening, the state's mayors will be ready to back a state-wide referendum to fight crime. Kalkus attends the gala, however, boldly introducing himself to Jones's colleagues. Kalkus' men then kidnap Carroll and the show's principals in order to spoil Jones's tribute. Meanwhile, Barney Nelson, Carroll's publicity man, who is engaged to Carroll's assistant, Ramona Lisa, has invited the unsophisticated and homely Brenda and Cobina Gusher, daughters of an Oklahoma oil tycoon, to the gala. Barney hopes the sisters will back a chain of Earl Carroll nightclubs across the country. Although Kalkus is sure the guests will demand their money back when the show collapses, Ramona appoints Barney master of ceremonies and improvises an entire first act using the chorus of beautiful girls as backup. Meanwhile, the kidnapped entertainers perform for the gangsters, and when the jugglers take center stage, they beat the thugs with their pins at Carroll's command and escape. Back at the nightclub, Barney stages a "Patty Cake" contest between the chorus girls and men in the audience. The two male winners get to kiss the two most beautiful girls in the world, but Brenda and Cobina insist that the men kiss them and chase them around the set. During the Conga dance, Carroll and his entertainers return and the ... +


Mayor John Jones of Hollywood hosts a benefit for California mayors at Earl Carroll's nightclub, which features the "most beautiful girls in the world" in its nightly show. Jones's recent attempts to rid Hollywood of illegal gambling by putting pressure on gangster Steve Kalkus have increased his political clout in California. Jones hopes that by the end of the evening, the state's mayors will be ready to back a state-wide referendum to fight crime. Kalkus attends the gala, however, boldly introducing himself to Jones's colleagues. Kalkus' men then kidnap Carroll and the show's principals in order to spoil Jones's tribute. Meanwhile, Barney Nelson, Carroll's publicity man, who is engaged to Carroll's assistant, Ramona Lisa, has invited the unsophisticated and homely Brenda and Cobina Gusher, daughters of an Oklahoma oil tycoon, to the gala. Barney hopes the sisters will back a chain of Earl Carroll nightclubs across the country. Although Kalkus is sure the guests will demand their money back when the show collapses, Ramona appoints Barney master of ceremonies and improvises an entire first act using the chorus of beautiful girls as backup. Meanwhile, the kidnapped entertainers perform for the gangsters, and when the jugglers take center stage, they beat the thugs with their pins at Carroll's command and escape. Back at the nightclub, Barney stages a "Patty Cake" contest between the chorus girls and men in the audience. The two male winners get to kiss the two most beautiful girls in the world, but Brenda and Cobina insist that the men kiss them and chase them around the set. During the Conga dance, Carroll and his entertainers return and the evening is a success. The police arrest Kalkus, and the Gusher sisters sign a check for Barney, but stipulate that they want to kiss the winners in every Patty Cake contest. Finally a financial success, Barney sets a date to marry Ramona. +

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