La Conga Nights (1940)

60 mins | Comedy | 31 May 1940

Director:

Lew Landers

Cinematographer:

Elwood Bredell

Editor:

Ted J. Kent

Production Designer:

Jack Otterson

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Co.
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HISTORY

Although a print of this film was not viewed, the above credits and plot summary were taken from a continuity included in the studio file. Though the film credits Hugh Herbert only with the role of Henry Dibble, Jr., he actually portrays the roles of the entire Dibble family in the ... More Less

Although a print of this film was not viewed, the above credits and plot summary were taken from a continuity included in the studio file. Though the film credits Hugh Herbert only with the role of Henry Dibble, Jr., he actually portrays the roles of the entire Dibble family in the picture. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
8 May 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
20 May 40
p. 24.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Feb 40
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
9 May 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
14 May 40
p. 9.
Motion Picture Herald
23 Mar 40
p. 30.
Motion Picture Herald
18 May 40
p. 50.
Variety
12 Jun 40
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
DANCE
Dance dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit publ
STAND INS
Hugh Herbert's double
SOURCES
SONGS
"Carmenita McCoy," "Havana" and "Chance of a Lifetime," words and music by Sam Lerner and Frank Skinner
"La cucaracha," Mexican traditional.
DETAILS
Release Date:
31 May 1940
Production Date:
mid February--early March 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co.
Copyright Date:
14 May 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9642
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6169
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Steve Collins, an amateur vaudevillian who supports himself by driving a cab, meets Helen Curtiss, a small-town singer, as Helen is running out on her boardinghouse bill. Feeling sorry for the impoverished songstress, Steve takes her to his boardinghouse, which is run by Mama O'Brien, a bighearted landlady whose rooms are filled even though her boarder's pockets are empty. Mama's benevolence results in her inability to pay the rent, and as a result, her landlord, Henry I. Dibble and Associates, threatens eviction. At the Dibble office, Henry, a musical moron who is more interested in melodies than business, argues with Hammond, his business manager, and his four sisters over the fate of Mama's boardinghouse. Opposed to his sisters' plan to raze the building, Henry visits Mama's, where he hears Steve and the band practicing and decides to rent a room. Not realizing that Henry is her landlord, Mama glady accepts his money. One night, Mama, Henry and the rest of her tenants attend Steve and Helen's audition at the Gourd Club, where Henry gets so carried away that he spills buckshot on the floor, thus causing the pair to slip during their act. Fired for clumsiness, Steve chastises Henry and tells him of Mama's financial problems. In response, Henry suggests converting the boardinghouse into a nightclub, and Steve and Helen take his advice. Sensing great human interest potential in the story of the heartless landlord ousting the penniless performers, radio personality Jeepers Peepers decides to attend the opening. When Peepers broadcasts his story, Hammond and the Dibble sisters also decide to attend the opening of the Club Conga. ... +


Steve Collins, an amateur vaudevillian who supports himself by driving a cab, meets Helen Curtiss, a small-town singer, as Helen is running out on her boardinghouse bill. Feeling sorry for the impoverished songstress, Steve takes her to his boardinghouse, which is run by Mama O'Brien, a bighearted landlady whose rooms are filled even though her boarder's pockets are empty. Mama's benevolence results in her inability to pay the rent, and as a result, her landlord, Henry I. Dibble and Associates, threatens eviction. At the Dibble office, Henry, a musical moron who is more interested in melodies than business, argues with Hammond, his business manager, and his four sisters over the fate of Mama's boardinghouse. Opposed to his sisters' plan to raze the building, Henry visits Mama's, where he hears Steve and the band practicing and decides to rent a room. Not realizing that Henry is her landlord, Mama glady accepts his money. One night, Mama, Henry and the rest of her tenants attend Steve and Helen's audition at the Gourd Club, where Henry gets so carried away that he spills buckshot on the floor, thus causing the pair to slip during their act. Fired for clumsiness, Steve chastises Henry and tells him of Mama's financial problems. In response, Henry suggests converting the boardinghouse into a nightclub, and Steve and Helen take his advice. Sensing great human interest potential in the story of the heartless landlord ousting the penniless performers, radio personality Jeepers Peepers decides to attend the opening. When Peepers broadcasts his story, Hammond and the Dibble sisters also decide to attend the opening of the Club Conga. As the entertainers prepare for their performance, a representative from the Dibble Company appears with an eviction notice, but when Henry points out that his signature does not appear on the notice, Hammond relents and the show goes on. Henry then announces that he is giving Steve and Helen the building as a wedding present. +

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

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