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The Big Show-Off (January 22, 1945)

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Arthur Lake and Dale Evans in The Big Show-Off
 

Released January 22, 1945: A nightclub owner convinces the torch singer that her pianist is the Devil.

Produced by Sydney M. Williams

Directed by Howard Bretherton

The Actors: Arthur Lake (Sanford 'Sandy' Elliott), Dale Evans (June Mayfield), Lionel Stander (Joe Bagley, nightclub owner), George Meeker (Wally Porter, the club emcee), Paul Hurst (masked wrestling champ, The Devil), Marjorie Manners (Mitzi), Sammy Stein (Boris the Bulgar wrestler), Louis Adlon (Leopold Muckenfuss), Dan Tobey (wrestling announcer), Emmett Lynn (Franklin D. Ripbogle the hobo), Douglas Wood (Dr. Dinwiddle), Anson Weeks (himself, orchestra leader), Vince Barnett (the voice teacher's student), Sherry Cameron (dancer in the Cameron and Kirby team), James Carlisle (nighclub customer), Luther Crockett (wrestling spectator), Lew Davis (waiter with the trash), Harry Depp (G. Whitmore Peabody), Terry Frost (the friendly wrestling spectator), Jack George (Sashaw Kulhanek the voice teacher), Kit Guard (wrestling spectator), Frank Hagney (rude night club customer that Sandy beats up), Ariel Heath (Goldie, the Devil's fiancee), Lew Hicks (policeman), Robert Homans (police captain), Bert Howard (wrestling spectator), Milton Kibbee (Slaughterhouse Shannon, the Devil's manager), Klayton Kirby (dancer in the Cameron and Kirby team), Isabel La Mal (mother of the child violinist), Wilbur Mack (nightclub customer), Frank McClure (wrestling spectator), George Morrell (wrestling spectator), Pat O'Malley (policeman), Larry Steers (nightclub customer), Denny Sullivan (janitor), Leo White (Picasso Putschnik the violin teacher)

 

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Wrestling with the Devil . . . And the Motherless Man

Arthur Lake became famous a few months after making this movie when he first played the part of newspaper cartoon character Dagwood Bumstead in a motion picture for the first time.

Dale Evans first acted in a motion picture with singing cowboy Roy Rogers a few months before making this movie, and she soon became Roy Rogers’ favorite leading lady, and then his real-life wife.

Lionel Stander was a popular motion picture character actor until the 1950’s when he was blacklisted from earning a living by the Senator McCarthy hearings when he was accused of being a communist traitor to America because of his liberal-leaning politics.

In this story, Lionel Stander is the owner of an upscale nightclub where Dale Evans is a famous torch singer. Arthur Lake is a skinny, wimpy, whiney pianist that plays for Dale Evans as she sings. Lionel Stander is the wimpy man’s best friend, because the wimpy man somehow saved him from drowning. Now the tough nightclub owner feels responsible for the wimpy pianist and wants to help him to win the heart of the beautiful torch singer.

The nightclub owner will need the help of the Devil to make the beautiful torch singer fall in love with the wimpy pianist, and we all know that wrestling with the Devil rarely turns out well. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Arthur Lake
Arthur Lake
Dale Evans
Dale Evans
Anson Weeks
Anson Weeks
Arthur Lake and Lionel Stander
Arthur Lake and Lionel Stander
Arthur Lake and Milton Kibbee
Arthur Lake and Milton Kibbee
Arthur Lake and Lionel Stander
Arthur Lake and Lionel Stander
Arthur Lake
Arthur Lake
Dale Evans
Dale Evans
Dale Evans and Arthur Lake
Dale Evans and Arthur Lake
Dale Evans and George Meeker
Dale Evans and George Meeker
Dale Evans and Terry Frost
Dale Evans and Terry Frost
Dale Evans
Dale Evans
Dale Evans
Dale Evans
Dale Evans and Terry Frost
Dale Evans and Terry Frost
Dale Evans
Dale Evans
Dan Tobey
Dan Tobey
Douglas Wood, Dale Evans and Lionel Stander
Douglas Wood, Dale Evans and Lionel Stander
Emmett Lynn
Emmett Lynn
Frank Hagney
Frank Hagney
Frank Hagney
Frank Hagney
George Meeker
George Meeker
George Meeker
George Meeker
Harry Depp and Arthur Lake
Harry Depp and Arthur Lake
Harry Depp and Arthur Lake
Harry Depp and Arthur Lake
Hot Lips McDougal
Hot Lips McDougal
Lionel Stander, Arthur Lake and Dale Evans
Lionel Stander, Arthur Lake and Dale Evans
Lionel Stander, Arthur Lake and Dale Evans
Lionel Stander, Arthur Lake and Dale Evans
Lionel Stander and Arthur Lakeac
Lionel Stander, Arthur Lake and Dale Evans
Lionel Stander and Dale Evans
Lionel Stander and Dale Evans
Lionel Stander and George Meeks
Lionel Stander and George Meeks
Lionel Stander and Marjorie Manners
Lionel Stander and Marjorie Manners
Lionel Stander and Dale Evans
Lionel Stander and Dale Evans
Lionel Stander
Lionel Stander
Marjorie Manners and Dale Evans
Marjorie Manners and Dale Evans
Marjorie Manners and Dale Evans
Marjorie Manners and Dale Evans
Marjorie Manners and Dale Evans
Marjorie Manners and Dale Evans
Marjorie Manners
Marjorie Manners
Paul Hurst, Sammy Stein and Arthur Lake
Paul Hurst, Sammy Stein and Arthur Lake
Paul Hurst
Paul Hurst
Paul Hurst
Paul Hurst
Robert Homans
Robert Homans
Robert Homans
Robert Homans
Sammy Stein and Arthur Lake
Sammy Stein and Arthur Lake
Vince Barnett and Jack George
Vince Barnett and Jack George