Public Jitterbug No. 1 (1939)

  |  Short, Comedy, Musical

The government has set up a special agency to stamp out what it considers the number one public menace: the jitterbug. They aren't after the many followers, but the primary perpetrator of ... See full summary »


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5 December 2009 | jayraskin1
| Betty Hutton as Public Jitterbug #1
The reason to see this is because it features two songs by an 18 year old Betty Hutton. It is on a DVD release of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers' eight film "Carefree" and on Betty Hutton's site. There are three other interesting vaudeville acts, so fans of vaudeville might be interested in it for that reason, but I'm a Betty Hutton fan, so the five minutes that she appears makes the film worth seeing for me.

Betty was a superstar for 15 years from circa 1942 to circa 1957(although she continued to entertain for 30 more years). It is great to see her here as Public Jitterbug #1. You can see how talented she is, even at age 18. She steals the picture.

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