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Career Girl (January 11, 1944)

Frances Langford, Edward Norris
 
 

Released January 11, 1944: (running time 1 hour and 7 minutes) Her boyfriend in Kansas City thinks she should be his wife and homemaker instead of chasing a career on Broadway, but Joan is determined to find success on the stage.

Produced by Jack Schwarz

Directed by Wallace Fox

The Actors: Frances Langford (Joan Terry), Edward Norris (Steve Dexter), Iris Adrian (Glenda Benton), Craig Woods (James Blake), Linda Brent (Thelma Mason), Alec Craig (Theodore 'Pop' Billings), Ariel Heath (Sue Collins), Lorraine Krueger (Ann), Gladys Blake (Janie, Draper's secretary), Charles Judels (Felix Black, Broadway producer), Charles Williams (Louis Horton, Black's partner), Renee Helms (Polly), Marcy McGuire (Louise), Horace B. Carpenter (stage doorman), Jack Chefe (headwaiter Pierre), Bess Flowers (Miss Cunningham, Dexter's secretary), Eddie Kane (Alexander Draper, Broadway producer), Larry Steers (Mr. Bronson the casting director)

 

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Wall Street’s Gift to Broadway, and the Kansas City Sweet Thing

From 1941 through 1945 the boys of the U.S. were fighting in World War 2 in Europe and in the Pacific Islands. Bob Hope and Frances Langford became famous entertaining those troops with his comedy, and her beauty and singing voice. Bob Hope’s trademark was “Thanks for the Memories,” and Frances Langford’s theme song was “I’m in the mood for Love.”

On one trip into the war-torn countryside Bob Hope and Frances Langford were riding in a jeep on a lonely road heading for a show for the fighting boys. Suddenly an enemy airplane zoomed down out of the sky with machine guns blazing. As the jeep screeched to a halt, Bob and Frances jumped out of the jeep and dived face first into the ditch beside the road. Fortunately for us, the bullets did not find their mark, and the duo climbed back into the jeep and went to the army camp to perform for the troops.

Bob Hope claimed that the biggest laugh he ever heard during a performance for the troops did not come from one of his jokes, but from a response to Frances Langford. They were beginning a performance for Marines on a remote South Seas Island. Miss Frances Langford began singing the first line of her theme song, “I’m in the mood for love,” but before she could begin the second line, an enthusiastic Marine shouted out, “You’ve come to the right place, Honey!”

In this Broadway adventure Frances Langford is Joan Terry, a farm girl from Kansas City who thinks that she might have a chance at fame and fortune on Broadway, but after several months of futile searching for someone, anyone to hire her, it looks like the beautiful songstress from Kansas City will be returning to the mid-west and her stuffy boyfriend. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Alec Craig
Alec Craig
Ariel Heath
Ariel Heath
Ariel Heath, Iris Adrian
Ariel Heath, Iris Adrian
Ariel Heath
Ariel Heath
Charles Judels
Charles Judels
Charles Judels
Charles Judels
Charles Judels
Charles Judels
Charles Williams
Charles Williams
Craig Woods
Craig Woods
Craig Woods, Frances Langford
Craig Woods, Frances Langford
Craig Woods
Craig Woods
Craig Woods
Craig Woods
Eddie Kane
Eddie Kane
Edwdard Norris
Edwdard Norris
Edwdard Norris
Edwdard Norris
Edwdard Norris
Edwdard Norris
Frances Langford
Frances Langford
Frances Langford
Frances Langford
Frances Langford
Frances Langford
Frances Langford
Frances Langford
Iris Adrian
Iris Adrian
Iris Adrian, Lorraine Krueger, Alec Craig
Iris Adrian, Lorraine Krueger, Alec Craig
Linda Brent, Iris Adrian
Linda Brent, Iris Adrian
Lorraine Krueger
Lorraine Krueger
Renee Helms, Iris Adrian
Renee Helms, Iris Adrian
the hotel desk clerk
the hotel desk clerk