The Big Show-Off (1945)

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Joe Bagley, owner of the Blue Heaven Club, tries to foster a romance between shy pianist Sandy Elliott and band vocalist June Mayfield. Joe tells June that Sandy is really a professional, ... See full summary »

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  • The Big Show-Off (1945)
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Howard Bretherton


László Vadnay (screenplay), Richard Weil (screenplay)

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23 January 2018 | bkoganbing
| No gumption
Now that The Big Show-Off is available on Amazon fans of old films can learn 2 things. First that Dale Evans did do films without Roy Rogers and secondly Arthur Lake played someone besides Dagwood Bumstead.

Dale before she became Queen of the West was a vocalist with Anson Weeks's band. So she is here as well and the band is appearing at Lionel Stander's nightclub. Playing for the band is shy pianist Arthur Lake who really is crushing out bad on Dale. But supercilious master of ceremonies George Meeker wants Dale for his own.

Stander who likes Lake tells him he has to assert himself caveman like style. To help him he starts a rumor that he's really noted masked wrestler the Devil played by Paul Hurst. I think you can see where this is going and the comic possibilities along the way.

The players who are pretty well known fall into typecast roles. Dale sings a few forgettable songs and Lake is just Dagwood with another name. Stander is his usual tough guy.

Nothing special here, but fans of all the aforementioned folks should enjoy The Big Show-Off.

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