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Make Mine Laughs

Make Mine Laughs(1949)

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Actor and bandleader Freddie Fisher's name was misspelled in the credits as "Freddy." Make Mine Laughs combined previously shot material from RKO films with newly shot footage: The "Who Killed Vaudeville?" number first appeared in the 1945 RKO film George White's Scandals; "Moonlight Over the Islands" appeared in RKO's 1946 picture The Bamboo Blonde; "The Poor Little Fly on the Wall" was seen in RKO's 1944 film Seven Days Ashore; and "Did You Happen to Find a Heart?" appeared in RKO's 1944 film Music in Manhattan (see entries above and below). The two-reel Leon Errol comedy, Beware of Redheads, was produced by George Bilson in 1945. The Frankie Carle number was excerpted from the 1947 two-reel short Carle Comes Calling, also produced by Bilson. Ray Bolger's boxing routine first appeared in the 1942 film Four Jacks and a Jill . No information regarding the 1908 silent film has been found. In late December 1949, Hollywood Reporter reported that Jack Haley was suing RKO for $412,000 in damages for alleged breach of contract, invasion of civil rights and invasion of privacy in connection with this film. Modern sources state that both Haley and Ray Bolger filed suit, contending that RKO illegally used their names and performances in Make Mine Laughs. According to modern sources, RKO awarded Haley and Bolger cash settlements, and the film was forced out of distribution in 1951.