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Never a Dull Moment

Familiar story is used principally as background for the Ritzes' shenanigans, variety numbers and Langford's neat warbling. Ritz Bros pose as Chicago mobsters, taking job at a NY nightclub under the impression they've been hired on their vaude rep as 'the Three Funny Bunnies'. When they learn that Mary Beth Hughes is a femme pickpocket hired by the nitery operator to pass the stolen jewels to them, the whacky trio attempts to duck out. Romance concerns the nightclub singer (Frances Langford) and a socialite.

With:
Harry Ritz Al Ritz Jimmy Ritz Frances Langford Mary Beth Hughes Jack LaRue

Familiar story is used principally as background for the Ritzes’ shenanigans, variety numbers and Langford’s neat warbling. Ritz Bros pose as Chicago mobsters, taking job at a NY nightclub under the impression they’ve been hired on their vaude rep as ‘the Three Funny Bunnies’. When they learn that Mary Beth Hughes is a femme pickpocket hired by the nitery operator to pass the stolen jewels to them, the whacky trio attempts to duck out. Romance concerns the nightclub singer (Frances Langford) and a socialite.

The nitery sequences offer the excuse to introduce the Igor-Pogi ballroom team and Rogers Dancers, both excellent. Production values are remarkably lavish for this type of picture. Jack LaRue, one of the nightclub’s strong-arm boys, goes in for some comedy, but still remains the toughie menace.

Never a Dull Moment

Production: Universal. Director Edward Lilley; Producer Howard Benedict; Screenplay Mel Ronson, Stanley Roberts; Camera Charles Van Enger; Editor Paul Landron; Music Hans J. Salter

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 60 MIN.

With: Harry Ritz Al Ritz Jimmy Ritz Frances Langford Mary Beth Hughes Jack LaRue

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