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Kiss the Boys Goodbye (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 1 August 1941 (USA)
Broadway director Lloyd Lloyd (Don Ameche) and composer Dick Rayburn (Oscar Levant) search for talent down South and discover singer Cindy Lou Bethany (Mary Martin) who surprises them with her voice and striptease.

Writers:

Clare Boothe Luce (play) (as Clare Boothe), Dwight Taylor | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Ameche ... Lloyd Lloyd
Mary Martin ... Cindy Lou Bethany
Oscar Levant ... Dick Rayburn aka Oscar
Virginia Dale ... Gwendolyn Abbott
Barbara Jo Allen ... Myra Stanhope
Raymond Walburn ... Top Rumson
Elizabeth Patterson ... Aunt Lily Lou Bethany
Jerome Cowan ... Bert Fisher
Connee Boswell ... Polly
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... George
John Scott Trotter John Scott Trotter ... John Scott Trotter
Minor Watson ... Uncle Jefferson Davis Bethany
Harry Barris ... Fisher's Publicity Agent
George Reed ... George, House Servant
Thelma Long Thelma Long ... Cleo
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Broadway director Lloyd Lloyd (Don Ameche) and composer Dick Rayburn (Oscar Levant) search for talent down South and discover singer Cindy Lou Bethany (Mary Martin) who surprises them with her voice and striptease.

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They always come back for more (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Tech Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - May 23, 1942) See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Soundtracks

Joshua Fought The Battle of Jericho
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Traditional
Performed by gospel chorus (in the "Find Yourself a Melody" number)
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Why not Mary?
2 February 2019 | by ilprofessore-1See all my reviews

Mary Martin, like her contemporary Ethel Merman, was one of the great enduring stars of the Broadway musical theater. Both women made their share of movies early in their careers but neither achieved the same success in film that they had on stage, particularly strange in the case of Martin who seemed to have everything it took for stardom--not only could she act and sing but she photographed beautifully. The 1941 film based on a Broadway play by Clare Booth Luce features a number of songs by the director Victor Schertzinger with lyrics only by Frank Loesser before his Guys and Dolls success, including one of Mary's great hits, the title song. Oscar Levant does his usual acerbic role as Oscar Levant, always sounding as if he is ad libbing his best lines, perhaps he did. He even gets to play some harpsichord. Connie Boswell and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson do speciality numbers, and there are some funny moments. Watch for Elizabeth Patterson down south as Aunt Lily Lou and her shotgun.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vedette à tout prix See more »

Company Credits

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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