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Lowell Blackford (Kay Kyser) is blessed with a gift of music,but also cursed with a hereditary "evil eye" which hypnotizes people,and he is virtually a recluse. He goes in search of a Broadway publisher for a symphonietta he has written, and ends up crashing an audition at the Swing Publishing Company, where he meets torch singer Ginger Gray (Marilyn Maxwell) and her fiance and promoter, Waltzy Malone (William Gargan). Ginger accidently walks off with his music and he follows her to a gym where Waltzy's fighter, "Killer" Kennedy (Nat Pendleton), has just been kayoed by his sparring partner. Waltzy learns of Lowell's hypnotic power and believes that Kennedy can win the championship if Lowell uses his power against the champ. He arranges for Lowell to lead the band at the club where Ginger sings. The latter objects to the role she is to play in getting Lowell to use his "evil eye" but Waltzy persuades her to go along by telling Lowell that Kennedy is her brother and it means everything ...Written by
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I love the "big band" musicals of the 1940s. Plots are meaningless. I watch for the musical numbers and thus one doesn't disappoint. From the opening number, I Never Knew, the expanded band plays great. Only with an MGM budget would you find Kyser with 5 trumpets, 5 trombones and six saxophones. The chart, presumably by George Dunning, is excellent. The band in that scene is directed by Harry Babbit is tight and swingin'.
The Lena Horne performance in a nightclub is nice, but not a great tune.
"I Planted a Rose", sung by Harry Babbitt in a production number is as good as many typical movie tunes of the era.
"One Girl and Two Boys" is a fine production number with some excellent jitterbug dancing and lots of soldiers, sailors and marines.
These big band era musicals of the WW2 era were made mostly to rntertain the war weary troops and the folks back home.
They should viewed and judged with that in mind.
Kyser and his band were big business in the era and they lifted the morale of everyone. They deserve respect for that.
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