Ruth Etting was a very popular singer in the 1920s-40s...very popular. However, she only made a few films and most of what classic film viewers remember is her life story in "Love Me or Leave Me", though Etting herself said only about half of this film is actually true. However, in the short film "No Contest!" you actually get to see and hear her....and she does have a lovely and amazing singing voice.
The story is about Fred and his jerky friends. They know he loves Etting's singing and they create a fake contest in which Etting will personally sing for the winner and their friends at a party. What Fred doesn't know is that Etting is not involved and has no intention of doing such an appearance. What's next?
This short seems like it could have been a longer, full-length movie. This is because there are several big production numbers and plenty of singing. Overall, a nicely made and curious musical.
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