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Kiss the Boys Goodbye (1941)

Approved | | Musical | 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.

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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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theater | based on play | See All (2) »

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Musical

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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 »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Originally planned as a vehicle for Jean Arthur (who had actually tested for the role of Scarlett O'Hara). She had to drop out of 'Kiss the Boys Goodbye' after being tied up at RKO with The Devil and Miss Jones. 'Mary Martin' was cast in the role meant for Arthur. See more »

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Music by Victor Schertzinger
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Mary Martin
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This is really good.
3 January 2002 | by VLeungSee all my reviews

No really. I was expecting it to be watchable but tepid. In fact, it's funny and charming and surprising. The scene in which Cindy Lou 'performs' in front of the New York crowd for the first time could be said to have influenced the scene in Pal Joey where Kim Novak agrees to strip for Sinatra. It has a lot of jokes that have been stolen by later movies, and the whole cast is terrific.

The story is about the search for an unknown Scarlett O'Hara-ish authentic southern belle to replace a leading diva in a musical. Cindy Lou arranges for Lloyd Lloyd, the producer, to see her perform before he gets to the real auditions. Everyone else who works for the show loves her, but Lloyd Lloyd has promised the famous diva that the role will still be hers after the farce of the auditioning. She has to win him round too. I also screwed up my VCR timer and didn't get the last 2 minutes. I can hardly wait until it's on again.


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