15 July 2008 | dougdoepke
This is Kyser's first film and it sparkles with bounce and personality. Credit director Butler for keeping things moving, and band members for showing that making music is not their only talent. Kyser himself is a delight with real comedic skill. I like the way he allows his plain looks to blend into the story-line; at the same time, it's rather refreshing to see a less-than-handsome face in the starring role. And, of course, there's the lovely and toothsome Ginny Simms, singing her way into my heart, at least. I gather Kyser's band were not concert performers like Goodman's, Dorsey's or Miller's, but were more for fun and sheer entertainment. They certainly succeed here.
The story itself amounts to a clever spoof on movie-making, with Menjou as the studio schemer, and includes assorted real-life gossipers of the day like Hedda Hopper. And, oh yes, mustn't forget the hilarious screen test, where Lucille Ball matches Kyser pratfall for pratfall. Knowing how her career will eventually turn out, this is a tasty glimpse of things to come. Then there's the old gal who plays Grandma (May Robson) who is a real hoot with genuine sass and sparkle. We also get about 20 minutes of the Kyser radio show Kollege of Musical Knowledge. It's enlightening for those of us not old enough to remember; however, I think 10 minutes would have been enough. Nonetheless, the movie never drags, and is really a lot more fun than many other musicals featuring bigger name bands and celebrities. All in all, "That's Right..." amounts to an unexpected movie delight.