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Strictly Dynamite(1934)

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Jimmy Durante and Lupe Velez were two of the flashiest personalities on screen in the early thirties, but each in a different way. Durante was comically brutish where Velez was flawlessly fiery, a tuba and a flamenco guitar making as much noise together as a whole orchestra. It was an odd pairing, but it worked -- the duo had previously starred together in the boxing comedy Palooka (1934), and here they return again in a comedy about radio buffoon Moxie Slaight (Durante) and his muy caliente partner Vera Mendez (Velez), and how a poet turned radio gag writer Nick Montgomery (Norman Foster) turns their world topsy turvy. At the time, Velez was generating more attention off-screen than on, via colorful spats with husband Johnny Weismuller, as well as unfounded accusations of funding the Communist party. This is one of the last movies the tempestuous star made before being dropped by RKO, but at least she gets to show off her very pretty singing voice with the song "Oh, Me! Oh, My!"

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