Here Comes Elmer (November 15, 1943)
Released on November 15, 1943: (running time 1 hour and 14 minutes) An out of work group of musicians and comedians tries to break into the big time on a national radio program.
Produced by Armand Schaefer
Directed by Joseph Santley
Written by Jack Townley and Stanley Davis
The Actors: Al Pearce (Elmer Blurt and Al Pearce), Dale Evans (Jean Foster), Frank Albertson (Joe Maxwell, band leader), Gloria Stuart (Glenda Forbes, hairdresser), Wally Vernon (Wally, eccentric dancer and comedian), Nick Cockrane (Nick Cockrane, trumpet player comedian), Will Wright (Horace Parrot), Thurston Hall (P.J. Ellis, President of the Federal Broadcasting System radio network), Ben Welden (Louis Burch, owner of the Club Continental), Chester Clute (Postelwaite, radio network executive), Luis Alberni (Doctor Zichy), Tom Kennedy (Johnson), Artie Auerbach (pianist and comedy character Kitzel), Arlene Harris (Arlene Parrot, spinster sister of the show sponsor. Arlene Harris was known as 'the human chatterbox,' who could clearly enunciate 240 words a minute), William Comstock (Tizzie Lish, radio performer), Pinky Tomlin (Pinky, singer), Wendell Niles (himself, radio announcer), The Sportsmen Quartet (singers), The King Cole Trio (musicians), Jan Garber (Jan Garber, orchestra leader), Edmund Cobb (policeman), Earle Hodgins (policeman in drunk tank), Nat 'King' Cole (himself, leader of the King Cole Trio), Oscar Moore (himself, guitar player for the King Cole Trio), Wesley Prince (himself, bass player for the King Cole Trio), Minerva Urecal (housewife without electric)
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The Comedians, and the Singer Who Would Soon Become A Legend
In the 1930’s and 1940’s, before there were televisions in every home, the family would gather around the radio and listen to big-band swing music, soap opera stories, and comedy routines. Much of America became very familiar with the voices of the band leaders, actors and comedians, but they needed to use their imagination when trying to picture the face and body that went with those voices, until this motion picture.
Al Pearce had a comedy radio program with a gang of musicians and comedians, and the songs of the Sportsmen Quartet was well known to radio audiences, as well as the music of Jan Garber’s orchestra. As an added bonus, the singer who would become legendary, and more famous than any of these performers, is featured.
The King Cole Trio, featuring Nat ‘King’ Cole, was playing in nightclubs in the 1930’s, and began playing on radio shows in 1938. In the year that this movie was filmed, Nat ‘King’ Cole recorded his first big hit, that made him a star of the music world.
Nat ‘King’ Cole and his group will sing that star-making hit midway through our variety show adventure. Long before music videos became popular, his record-breaking video and vocal performance was preserved in this movie, and is still available for us to enjoy today, just as the world experienced him singing his first famous hit song in 1943. This part of the movie is an amazing slice of history that should not be missed. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Al Pearce and Arlene Harris
Al Pearce and Minerva Urecal
Al Pearce and Will Wright
Arlene Harris and Al Pearce
Arlene Harris and Frank Albertson
Artie Auerbach and Al Pearce
Artie Auerbach and Arlene Harris
Artie Auerbach, Pinky Tomlin, Frank Albertson
Chester Clute and Dale Evans
Chester Clute and Thurston Hall
Dale Evans and Frank Albertson
Earle Hodgins and Al Pearce
Frank Albertson and Al Pearce
Frank Albertson and Gloria Stuart
Frank Albertson and Nick Cockrane
Frank Albertson, Wally Vernon, Pinky Tomlin
Gloria Stuart and Al Pearce
Gloria Stuart and Arlene Harris
Gloria Stuart and Nick Cockrane
Luis Alberni and Al Pearce
Luis Alberni and Al Pearce
Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole
Pinky Tomlin and Gloria Stuart
Pinky Tomlin and Nick Cockrane
The Sportsmen Quartet
Wendell Niles and Al Pearce