Sleepy Lagoon (1943)

65 mins | Comedy | 5 September 1943

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HISTORY

According to a 14 Oct 1942 HR news item, Joe E. Brown, who had previously appeared with Judy Canova in two Republic films was to be her co-star in this film. Another HR news item noted that Milt Britton and His Band were to appear in the film, but the deal for their services fell through due to a scheduling conflict. Although a 29 Apr 1943 HR news item noted that the songs "A Tenderloin Steak and You" and "Copper Colored Cutie from Kalua," written by Ned Washington and Phil Ohman, would be included in the film, they do not appear in the completed ... More Less

According to a 14 Oct 1942 HR news item, Joe E. Brown, who had previously appeared with Judy Canova in two Republic films was to be her co-star in this film. Another HR news item noted that Milt Britton and His Band were to appear in the film, but the deal for their services fell through due to a scheduling conflict. Although a 29 Apr 1943 HR news item noted that the songs "A Tenderloin Steak and You" and "Copper Colored Cutie from Kalua," written by Ned Washington and Phil Ohman, would be included in the film, they do not appear in the completed picture. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
21 Aug 1943.
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Daily Variety
16 Aug 43
pp. 3, 17
Film Daily
19 Aug 43
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Oct 42
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Apr 43
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
5 May 43
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
17 May 43
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
21 May 43
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Jun 43
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Aug 43
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
21 Aug 1943.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
26 Jun 43
p. 1391.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
21 Aug 43
p. 1496.
CAST
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Based on an orig story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
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Set dec
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MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
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SONGS
"Sleepy Lagoon," music and lyrics by Eric Coates and Jack Lawrence
"If You Are There," "You Are the Fondest Thing I Am Of," "I'm Not Myself Anymore" and "We Gals Are Taking Over," music and lyrics by Ned Washington and Phil Ohman.
DETAILS
Release Date:
5 September 1943
Production Date:
late May--mid June 1943
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
3 August 1943
Copyright Number:
LP12214
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65
Length(in feet):
5,829
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
9440
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Radio station owner Sarah Rogers, the head of the women's reform party in the small town of Sleepy Lagoon, needs a malleable candidate for mayor, and decides upon naïve Judy Joyner, who runs a coffee shop. The current mayor, Cyrus Coates, is supported by Sheriff Lem Bates and Judge Samuel Sneed, but Judy's earnest speeches advocating wholesome recreational facilities win the election for her. Judy's victory displeases her fiancé, chiropractor Lancelot Hillie, who complains that she does not have enough time for him anymore. Lancelot changes his mind about Judy's new position when she appoints him civilian defense commisioner, however, and she hopes that he will finally set the date for their wedding after five years of engagement. Meanwhile, Sarah closes all the bars in town, and when Judy recommends re-opening an old amusement park, she also suggests that they contact her uncle, Dudley Joyner. Judy believes that Dudley is the head of a large amusement corporation, but he is actually a repairman and reluctant stooge for racketeer Joe "Brains" Lucarno. When Judy calls him, Dudley states that he cannot help her, but Brains insists that they move in on Sleepy Lagoon to fleece the citizens out of their boom town cash. Judy is delighted to see her uncle, who is being forced by Brains to perpetuate his businessman charade. Time passes as Sarah organizes the townswomen and the park is refurbished. Brains, meanwhile, establishes his stronghold in a subterranean basement, where he installs crooked gambling tables. On opening day at the park, the crowds swarm in, and while Lancelot listens to his favorite singer, Dennis Day, Judy allows herself to be ... +


Radio station owner Sarah Rogers, the head of the women's reform party in the small town of Sleepy Lagoon, needs a malleable candidate for mayor, and decides upon naïve Judy Joyner, who runs a coffee shop. The current mayor, Cyrus Coates, is supported by Sheriff Lem Bates and Judge Samuel Sneed, but Judy's earnest speeches advocating wholesome recreational facilities win the election for her. Judy's victory displeases her fiancé, chiropractor Lancelot Hillie, who complains that she does not have enough time for him anymore. Lancelot changes his mind about Judy's new position when she appoints him civilian defense commisioner, however, and she hopes that he will finally set the date for their wedding after five years of engagement. Meanwhile, Sarah closes all the bars in town, and when Judy recommends re-opening an old amusement park, she also suggests that they contact her uncle, Dudley Joyner. Judy believes that Dudley is the head of a large amusement corporation, but he is actually a repairman and reluctant stooge for racketeer Joe "Brains" Lucarno. When Judy calls him, Dudley states that he cannot help her, but Brains insists that they move in on Sleepy Lagoon to fleece the citizens out of their boom town cash. Judy is delighted to see her uncle, who is being forced by Brains to perpetuate his businessman charade. Time passes as Sarah organizes the townswomen and the park is refurbished. Brains, meanwhile, establishes his stronghold in a subterranean basement, where he installs crooked gambling tables. On opening day at the park, the crowds swarm in, and while Lancelot listens to his favorite singer, Dennis Day, Judy allows herself to be romanced by Lumpy, one of Brains's mugs. The park does a thriving business, as does the secret casino, but Judy remains unaware of the illegal activity as she is preoccupied with Lancelot's lack of jealousy over her increasing involvement with Lumpy. Meanwhile, Cyrus has become sick of women running the town and is determined to regain his office. He, Lem and Samuel begin investigating the casinos, but when they arrest Brains, the racketeer maintains that he was working under Judy's orders, and she is arrested also. Brains keeps Dudley hidden so that he cannot testify on Judy's behalf, and all looks grim for the mayor. When a youngster finds evidence that Dudley is being held at the park, Judy and Lancelot go in disguise to investigate. Despite being separated from Lancelot and chased by Brains's thugs, Judy finds her uncle. Just as they are about to be captured by the criminals, Lancelot reappears with the female auxiliary militia that he has trained. The women round up the racketeers, and a happy romantic conclusion is reached by both Sarah and Dudley, and Judy and Lancelot. +

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