I'll Remember April (April 1, 19454)

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The Ritz Brothers
 

Released on April 1, 1945: The father of a young singer is framed for murder, so the two radio stars who are both competing for her get together and solve the crime.

Produced by Gene Lewis

Directed by Harold Young

The Actors: Gloria Jean (April Garfield), Kirby Grant (Dave Ball), Milburn Stone (Willie Winchester), Edward Brophy (Shadow), Samuel S. Hinds (Garrett Garfield), Jacqueline deWit (Whisper), Hobart Cavanaugh (Joe Billings), Addison Richards (Inspector Pat Malloy), Pierre Watkin (Doctor Armitage), Clyde Fillmore (J.C. Cartwright), Mary Forbes (Mrs. Barrington), Morgan Wallace (Henry Childs), Paul Porcasi (Popolopolis), William Alcorn (Jitterbug), Jack Archer (Jitterbug), Venna Archer (Jitterbug), Les Baxter (sailor), Harold Bell (sailor), Louise Burnette (secretary), Tom Chatterton (board member), Ronald Chetwood (sailor), Gloria Dea (telephone operator), Sam Flint (board member), Ethyl May Halls (matron), Robert F. Hill (board member), Stuart Holmes (board member), Warren Jackson (doorman), Donald Kerr (drunk), Pat Lane (board member), Nan Leslie (Western Union girl), Dorothy Lloyd (imitator), Carey Loftin (roughneck), Howard M. Mitchell (board member), Marion Musso (Jitterbug), Mike Musso (Jitterbug), Field Norton (board member), William O'Leary (board member), Gil Perkins (roughneck), David Peters (announcer and leader), James Pilcher (sailor), Cyril Ring (advertising exectutive), Jerry Sheldon (board member), Annyse Sherman (telephone operator), Cotten Sisters (specialty act), Jack Slattery (radio announcer), Walter Tetley (mail boy), Irene Thomas (Jitterbug), Joan Tours (telephone operator), Edward Van Sloan (board member), Virginia Wave (secretary), Bud Wolfe (roughneck), Billy Young (roughneck waiter)

 

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As I write this Gloria Jean is 87 years young and living in Hawaii. Her mother was a former bare-back rider in the circus and her father owned a music store. Music was in her from a young age and well before she was ten years old she was singing with the Paul Whiteman orchestra, and at the age of 12 she auditioned for Universal Studios and was immediately hired, appearing in 26 feature films before retiring from show business in 1962 she had a second career, this time working for the Redken cosmetics company. Gloria Jean retired from this career in 1993 and spent her days with her sister Bonnie until her sister's death in 2007, when she moved to Hawaii to live with her son and his family. This is the only Gloria Jean movie that I could find that has entered public domain, and while my copy is from a well-worn tape, the action and music are first rate, including the well-known Milburn Stone as one of the leading men, along with one of my favorite gangster-type actors Edward Brophy, who is a radio star side-kick. Brophy usually plays the gangster henchman, but in this story he is the comedy relief man, even impersonating a woman as well as Uncle Milty ever did. Gloria Jean is the daughter of a wealthy man who has lost all of his money to a stock market fraud, and now penniless daughter April is discovered by rival radio networks and is catapulted to stardom overnight. Two radio stars for competing networks, sponsored by competing cigarette brands each want to sign April to a big money radio contract. All would be well with that except that her father is framed for murdering the stock fraud, and the two competing radio stars who were both chasing April get together and solve the murder, clearing her father from the death chamber. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and jitterbug your way through this musical murder mystery.

Kirby Grant and Clyde Fillmore
Kirby Grant and Clyde Fillmore
Edward Brophy
Edward Brophy
Gloria Jean talks to Edward Brophy, who is dressed like a cleaning woman
Gloria Jean talks to Edward Brophy, who is dressed like a cleaning woman
Gloria Jean and Samuel S. Hinds
Gloria Jean and Samuel S. Hinds
Gloria Jean singing and playing piano
Gloria Jean singing and playing piano
Hobart Cavanaugh, Kirby Grant and Edward Brophy
Hobart Cavanaugh, Kirby Grant and Edward Brophy
Jacqueline deWit and Edward Brophy
Jacqueline deWit and Edward Brophy
Jacqueline deWit and Milburn Stone
Jacqueline deWit and Milburn Stone
Kirby Grant and Edward Brophy
Kirby Grant and Edward Brophy
Kirby Grant at the Long Island party
Kirby Grant at the Long Island party
Mary Forbes and Kirby Grant
Mary Forbes and Kirby Grant
Milburn Stone and Kirby Grant
Milburn Stone and Kirby Grant
Milburn Stone
Milburn Stone
Milburn Stone
Milburn Stone
Morgan Wallace
Morgan Wallace
Samuel S. Hinds
Samuel S. Hinds