Sarong Girl (1943)

63 mins | Comedy-drama | 28 May 1943

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HISTORY

In the onscreen credits, Tim and Irene Ryan, who were a well-known vaudeville and radio team, were billed simply as "Tim and ... More Less

In the onscreen credits, Tim and Irene Ryan, who were a well-known vaudeville and radio team, were billed simply as "Tim and Irene." More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
15 May 1943.
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Daily Variety
7 May 43
p. 3.
Film Daily
12 May 43
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Feb 43
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Feb 43
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Mar 43
p. 32.
Hollywood Reporter
7 May 43
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
15 May 1943.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
24 Apr 43
p. 1277.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
15 May 43
p. 1314.
New York Times
18 Jun 43
p. 16.
Variety
23 Jun 43
p. 40.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
Addl dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
Cost
MUSIC
SOUND
Sd dir
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
SOURCES
MUSIC
"Louie the Louie" by Eddie Cherkose and Edward Kay.
SONGS
"Tawai," music and lyrics by Dula Honni and Joan White
"Woogie Hula," music and lyrics by Lou Herscher, Marvin Hatley and Andy Iona
"Darling Nellie Gray," music and lyrics by Benjamin Russell Hanby
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SONGS
"Tawai," music and lyrics by Dula Honni and Joan White
"Woogie Hula," music and lyrics by Lou Herscher, Marvin Hatley and Andy Iona
"Darling Nellie Gray," music and lyrics by Benjamin Russell Hanby
"Nobody's Child," music by Owen Murphy, lyrics by George E. Price.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
28 May 1943
Production Date:
19 February--4 March 1943
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
30 April 1943
Copyright Number:
LP12038
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
63
Length(in feet):
5,638
Country:
United States
PCA No:
9244
SYNOPSIS

On the advice of wealthy social reformer Jefferson Baxter, a police vice squad raids a burlesque show featuring singer/dancer Dixie Barlow. Small-time attorney Gil Gailord defends Dixie in court, and although Dixie is an orphan, Gil pleads that she supports her elderly mother. After the judge places Dixie on probation and releases her to her "mother's" custody, Gil gives her the keys to a penthouse apartment owned by bookie Tim Raynor, who has also been run out of town by Baxter. Gil then goes to a retirement home and hires the cleaning woman, Mattie, to impersonate Dixie's mother. Gil returns with Mattie just as Baxter and Sergeant O'Brien arrive at the apartment to make sure that Dixie is meeting her parole qualifications. When Tim and his formerly estranged wife Irene return to the penthouse because Tim's assistant, Maxwell, bought the wrong train tickets for his escape, Gil pretends that Tim is Dixie's uncle. Tim then convinces Dixie that she should marry Baxter's son Jeff to resolve her financial difficulties, and arranges for her to perform at Harry Farmer's Blue Lagoon Club. Jeff visits the club at Harry's invitation, and he is easily seduced by the burlesque queen, who is now billed as "The Sarong Girl." However, Gil, who has fallen in love with Dixie, now believes that she is a chiseler and rejects her. Kindly Mattie, meanwhile, confides in Gil that she is comfortable with her deception because her prayers for a family have been answered. After a whirlwind romance, Jeff proposes to Dixie. Baxter, however, tries to bribe her to leave Jeff, but to Gil's dismay, Dixie refuses his offer. Although ... +


On the advice of wealthy social reformer Jefferson Baxter, a police vice squad raids a burlesque show featuring singer/dancer Dixie Barlow. Small-time attorney Gil Gailord defends Dixie in court, and although Dixie is an orphan, Gil pleads that she supports her elderly mother. After the judge places Dixie on probation and releases her to her "mother's" custody, Gil gives her the keys to a penthouse apartment owned by bookie Tim Raynor, who has also been run out of town by Baxter. Gil then goes to a retirement home and hires the cleaning woman, Mattie, to impersonate Dixie's mother. Gil returns with Mattie just as Baxter and Sergeant O'Brien arrive at the apartment to make sure that Dixie is meeting her parole qualifications. When Tim and his formerly estranged wife Irene return to the penthouse because Tim's assistant, Maxwell, bought the wrong train tickets for his escape, Gil pretends that Tim is Dixie's uncle. Tim then convinces Dixie that she should marry Baxter's son Jeff to resolve her financial difficulties, and arranges for her to perform at Harry Farmer's Blue Lagoon Club. Jeff visits the club at Harry's invitation, and he is easily seduced by the burlesque queen, who is now billed as "The Sarong Girl." However, Gil, who has fallen in love with Dixie, now believes that she is a chiseler and rejects her. Kindly Mattie, meanwhile, confides in Gil that she is comfortable with her deception because her prayers for a family have been answered. After a whirlwind romance, Jeff proposes to Dixie. Baxter, however, tries to bribe her to leave Jeff, but to Gil's dismay, Dixie refuses his offer. Although Dixie tries to make up with Gil, he bitterly encourages her to go through with her plan. When Mattie sees that Dixie truly loves Gil, she tells Baxter the truth about herself. Baxter informs the police, and Sergeant O'Brien disrupts the hasty penthouse wedding with the news that Dixie will now have to serve her sentence in jail. Realizing that her heart belongs to someone else, Jeff releases Dixie from their engagement, and reunites with his former girl friend Barbara. Dixie reappears before a judge, who rescinds her probation, but Gil interrupts the proceedings with paperwork proving that Mattie has filed to officially adopt Dixie. The case is then dismissed, but when Gil is found liable for fraud, the judge suggests that a wife cannot testify against her husband, and takes Gil and Dixie into his chambers to be married. +

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

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