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I Won't Play (1944)

In this Warner Bros. short, a Marine in a South Sea island during World War II, Joe Fingers, tells tales of the influence he's had on various personalities. In the words of one of his ... See full summary »

Director:

Crane Wilbur

Writers:

Laurence Schwab (original story) (as Lawrence Schwab), James Bloodworth (screenplay)
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Won 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dane Clark ... Joe Fingers
Janis Paige ... Kim Karol / Sally
Warren Douglas ... Rusty aka 'Handsome'
Robert Shayne ... Chaplain aka 'Padre'
William Haade ... Chicago
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Florida (as William Benedict)
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Storyline

In this Warner Bros. short, a Marine in a South Sea island during World War II, Joe Fingers, tells tales of the influence he's had on various personalities. In the words of one of his buddies, he's either the biggest liar in the world or the most important man in show business. He claims to be a piano player and his stories are brought to life in the minds of the boys, especially those that involve a pretty girl. When a piano arrives on the island in a shipment, he refuses to play, convincing the doubters that he's been telling them lies all along. They change their tune however when a Hollywood movie star stops on the island. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Short | Drama | Music | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Featurettes (1944-1945 season) #4: I Won't Play See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Janis Paige plays a singer on a USO tour in the South Pacific. In real life, she was spotted by a Warner Bros. talent scout at the Hollywood Canteen where she had a job singing for servicemen. She was signed to a contract with the studio and this short is her second film appearance after her debut in Bathing Beauty (1944). See more »

Quotes

'Handsome': [Referring to a famous singer Joe has told him he knows] So what did she do?
Joe Fingers: She burned. She gave me a look that curled my hair, and she walked out,
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Soundtracks

Cuddle Up a Little Closer
(1908) (uncredited)
Music by Karl Hoschna
Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach
Sung a cappella by William 'Billy' Benedict
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Enjoyable
11 February 2004 | by stareyes24See all my reviews

Even though this film was a short-subject film, I totally enjoyed it. I found it touching and funny at the same time. I can see why Janis Page and Dane Clark would become more popular later on in their careers. I highly recommend this short film.


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