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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

That's Right - You're Wrong (1939)

Starring Kay Kyser, Adolphe Menjou, May Robson, Lucille Ball, Dennis O'Keefe
Directed by David Butler
(actor & director credits courtesy

A struggling movie studio tries to reverse their misfortunes by signing Kay Kyser and his popular band to a contract, but have problems creating a story for the comical bandleader.

The first feature film to showcase Kyser and his band oddly doesn't feature more of their better-known standards, and is probably more successful in staging film recreations of their radio show, than launching them in an engaging adventure.  Nevertheless it's still charming and Kyser's "screen test" with Lucille Ball, long before her television success, is pretty amusing.  Fans of the band will have fun, and others may enjoy spotting some real-life Tinseltown journalists playing themselves.

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