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Four Jacks and a Jill

Four Jacks and a Jill(1942)


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The working titles of this picture were Four Jacks and a Queen and Street Girl. This picture marked actress June Havoc's screen debut and the promotion of writer John Twist to writer-associate producer. News items in Hollywood Reporter note that director Jack Hively and star Anne Shirley were orginally slated to work on Call Out the Marines, but were assigned to this picture when that production was delayed. According to other news items in Hollywood Reporter, Fritz Feld replaced Lou Holtz in the role of "Mr. Hoople," and Jack Durant replaced Sam Levene as "Noodle" because Levene had a prior commitment to another film. Pre-production news item in Hollywood Reporter add James Burke and Matt McHugh to the cast, but their appearance in the completed film has not been confirmed. A news item in Hollywood Reporter notes that the film was to include a musical number by Kay Kyser, but Kyser does not appear in the final film. According to modern sources, actor Ray Bolger later sued the studio for incorporating the prizefight routine that he performs in this picture into the 1949 film Make Mine Laughs. Bolger's suit forced RKO to withdraw that picture from distribution in 1951. Street Girl, RKO's first version of W. Casey Wonderly's story, was directed by Wesley Ruggles in 1929 and starred Betty Compson and Jack Oakie (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.5436). In 1937, the studio remade Wonderly's story as That Girl from Paris, directed by Leigh Jason and starring Lily Pons and Jack Oakie (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.4538).