Show Business

Overview

After a year's absence, entertainer Eddie Cantor returned to the screen in the self-produced Show Business. The plot is loosely based on Cantor's own rise to fame, from vaudeville to Broadway. Covering the years 1914 to 1929, the film reflects the changing tastes in entertainment, though Cantor as in real life steadfastly remains the same. Co-stars George Murphy and Joan Davis likewise borrow from their own showbiz experience in playing their characters, while Constance Moore, who was still in her playpen when ...
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Overview

After a year's absence, entertainer Eddie Cantor returned to the screen in the self-produced Show Business. The plot is loosely based on Cantor's own rise to fame, from vaudeville to Broadway. Covering the years 1914 to 1929, the film reflects the changing tastes in entertainment, though Cantor as in real life steadfastly remains the same. Co-stars George Murphy and Joan Davis likewise borrow from their own showbiz experience in playing their characters, while Constance Moore, who was still in her playpen when Cantor was at the height of his Ziegfeld Follies fame, provides the standard love interest. Highlights include such Cantor standards as "Curse of an Aching Heart," "Whoopee," and "Dinah," the latter performed in blackface. The best ensemble number is a devastating satire of Grand Opera, with Joan Davis particularly amusing as a Wagnerian soprano. A few excerpts from Show Business were reused as "flashbacks" in the subsequent Cantor-Davis starrer If You Knew Susie 1948.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Like so very many other musical films of the "Golden Age," Show Business is a backstager that really exists solely for its musical numbers. Oh yes, the writers took the trouble to slap together a screenplay, but there's no point in pretending that it does anything except set up songs and gags. The love stories are unconvincing and the characters are not developed; the only thing about the screenplay that holds any interest is its fondness for the history of vaudeville. While it never really paints an accurate portrait of vaudeville, it at least provides a rosy glow of nostalgia in this area that is appealing. Fortunately, there are quite a few musical numbers to provide diversion, and even more fortunately, Eddie Cantor is on had for a good many of them, as well as to keep thing lively and to make sure that the gags land the way they are supposed to land. Cantor is perhaps an acquired taste, but he's an undeniably distinctive presence and can be quite engaging. He's very well matched by comedienne Joan Davis, who clearly knows how to tune in to Cantor's wavelength. The "B team" consists of George Murphy, who performs well but is rather bland, and Constance Moore{, who is attractive but out of he element here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/2010
  • UPC: 883316261255
  • Original Release: 1944
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 40,888

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eddie Cantor Eddie Martin
George Murphy George Doane
Joan Davis Joan Mason
Nancy Kelly Nancy Gaye
Constance Moore Constance Ford
Donald Douglas Charles Lucas
Matthew "Stymie" Beard Harold
Claire Carleton Nurse
Russ Clark Army Doctor
Myrna Dell
Ralph Dunn Taxi Driver
Dorothy Garner
Bert Gordon
Harry Harvey Jr. Page Boy
George Jessel Himself
Daun Kennedy
Dorothy Malone
Mary Meade
Chef Joseph Milani Head Waiter
Bert Moorhouse Desk Clerk
Kay Morley
Forbes Murray Director
Shirley O'Hara Krims
Elaine Riley Girl
Pat Rooney Jr.
Gene Sheldon
Ruth Valmy
Joseph Vitale Caesar
Jerry Maren Midget
Gloria Anderson
Shelby Payne
Barbara Coleman
Alice Wallace Show Girl
Technical Credits
Edwin L. Marin Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Dorothy Bennett Screenwriter
Eddie Cantor Producer
Nick Castle Choreography
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Robert de Grasse Cinematographer
Irving Elinson Screenwriter
Bert Granet Original Story
Jack Okey Art Director
Joseph Quillan Screenwriter
Theron Warth Editor
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