Thursday, April 10, 2014

I haven't seen Four Jacks and a Jill before

TCM is running the movie Four Jacks and a Jill tomorrow morning at 11:30 AM. I have to admit to not having seen this movie before, so I can't give an honest review. However, it's one you might want to give a try since it's a remake of a moderately enjoyable movie that I saw on TCM last month, Street Girl. Unfortunately, neither version seems to be on DVD. And there's a third version, That Girl From Paris, but that one isn't on DVD either.

The plot is: immigrant girl is in the big city, down on her luck and almost out of money. She meets a nice obliging young man. The young man happens to be a member of a band that is doing slightly better than the girl, but not that much. At least, they're doing well enough to have a place to sleep at night. Anyhow, the girl has musical talent, enough that she was able to perform for royalty back in her home country. She eventually becomes their manager; the band becomes successful; and then, royalty from the old country shows up, leading the guy from the band to think the girl is in love with the royalty.

The original version, Street Girl, was released in 1929 and for an early talkie, was surprisingly good. It did hwlp, though, that Ned Sparks was around to deliver some acerbic wit. Four Jacks and a Jill features the talents of Ray Bolger as the Boy; Anne Shirley as the Girl; and Desi Arnaz as the putative royalty.

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