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Thrill of a Lifetime (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 3 December 1937 (USA)
"Howdy" Nelson believes there is no such think as real love and that romance can be cooked up between any eligible persons (of the opposite sex.) He is so imbued with the idea that he has ... See full summary »

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George Archainbaud

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Seena Owen (story), Grant Garett (story) (as Grant Garrett) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James V. Kern James V. Kern ... Jimmie (as The Yacht Club Boys)
Charles Adler Charles Adler ... Charlie (as The Yacht Club Boys)
George Kelly George Kelly ... George (as The Yacht Club Boys)
Billy Mann Billy Mann ... Billy (as The Yacht Club Boys)
Judy Canova ... Judy Canova
Ben Blue ... Skipper
Eleanore Whitney ... Betty Jane
Johnny Downs ... Stanley
Betty Grable ... Gwen
Leif Erickson ... Howard 'Howdy' Nelson
Buster Crabbe ... Don
The Fanchonettes The Fanchonettes ... Dancing Ensemble
Dorothy Lamour ... Specialty
Zeke Canova Zeke Canova ... Zeke Canova
Anne Canova Anne Canova ... Anne Canova
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Storyline

"Howdy" Nelson believes there is no such think as real love and that romance can be cooked up between any eligible persons (of the opposite sex.) He is so imbued with the idea that he has established a summer camp for that reason,and has written a play on the subject. The Yacht Club Boys visit the camp, misrepresenting themselves as Broadway producers, and the talented guest of the camp put on Nelson's play...which all ends up with a lot of marriage mating; Judy and Skipper, Betty Jane and Stanley and...Gwen and "Howdy,' the guy who was positive there was no such thing as true love. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Uma Só Vez na Vida See more »

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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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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 »

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It's Been a Whole Year
Written and Performed by The Yacht Club Boys
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Dorothy Lamour Steals the Show
22 April 2017 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Silly plot about a trio (Johnny Downs, Eleanore Whitney, and Judy Canova) trying to get into a show at a summer resort camp where the Yacht Club Boys are posing as the theatrical producers Wattle, Wattle, Wattle, and Wattle. Of course the big summer event is a show and everyone gets a chance to shine.

Camp is run by a rather glum Leif Erickson who does not believe in real romance so he manufactures it for summer guests via employees like Betty Grable and Buster Crabbe who schmooze the guests. But romance is everywhere. Who will end up with whom? Lots of comedy here especially once Canova meets up with Ben Blue. They have a bubble dance number that is very funny and very well done. Grable gets to sing and dance to "Sweetheart Time" with Erickson, and the Yacht Club Boys sing two rousing and clever numbers. Downs and Whitney finally get a novelty dance number toward the end (along with a doll and Tommy Wonder). Canova gets a spot of her own (along with Anne Canova and Zeke Canova) and is very funny with her hillbilly yodeling act.

Dorothy Lamour, dripping in satin glamour, shows up as a guest star and sings "Thrill of a Lifetime" and steals the show. She's spectacular and is filmed in loving close-up. Wow! Others in the cast include Franklin Pangborn as the real Wattle, June Schafer as his secretary, and Marjorie Reynolds is one of the chorus girls.

Oh yes, and the Yacht Club Boys were James Kern, Billy Mann, George Kelly, and Charles Adler.


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