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A gangster sets out to turn his girlfriend into a rock star.
Tom Miller, a besotted, washed-up talent agent, is summoned to a meeting by Marty "Fats" Murdock, the former slot machine king who was toppled while serving time for income tax evasion. Fats, who used to be known as Slim until he developed a fondness for fine cuisine, offers to hire Tom to promote his "nobody" girl friend, Jerri Jordan, into a "star canary," thus making her worthy enough to marry. Tom is skeptical about Jerri's abilities until he meets the curvaceous creature. Bankrolled by Fats, Tom indulges in an alcoholic binge and awakens the next morning to a visit by the solicitous Jerri, who whips up a gourmet breakfast for him. Over the soufflé, Jerri bemoans the fact that while she longs to be a simple homemaker, men view her as a sexpot. That night, Tom squires Jerri to a string of nightclubs, instructing her to flaunt her spectacular shape. Jerri dazzles the nightclub owners and causes quite a stir as Tom gets progressively drunker. Concerned, Jerri questions whether Tom's unrequited love for singer Julie London has driven him to drink. Upon returning home that evening, Tom is tormented by visions of Julie. Now insanely jealous of Tom, Fats orders his henchman Mousie to tail him. The next day, Fats summons Jerri and Tom to his estate on Long Island. On the drive there, Jerri insists on stopping at the beach for a picnic. While frolicking in the sand, Jerri confides to Tom that her real name is Georgiana, but Fats shortened it to Jerri. She also reveals that she owes Fats a debt of gratitude for helping to reduce her father's prison sentence. Touched by Jerri's confession, Tom informs Fats that he is resigning. To intimidate Tom, Fats chides him for pushing Julie into a career when all she wanted was a home and family. That night, Tom, drunk, sees visions of Jerri beckoning to him. The next day, Tom gruffly drags Jerri into a rehearsal room. When she opens her mouth to sing, however, it soon becomes apparent that her voice is the only flat thing about her, and Tom and Jerri laughingly realize they have the perfect solution to their predicament. Fats, however, rebuts that if Eddie Cochran can be a star, so can Jerri, and orders them to record the next day. In her debut song, "Rock Around the Rock Pile," penned by Fats about the prison blues, Jerri squeals the background siren. On Thanksgiving Day, Fats arranges for Mousie to wiretap Jerri's telephone. When Tom calls her from Chicago that night, where he has an appointment with "Legs" Wheeler, the jukebox kingpin, Jerri laments that she misses Tom, reducing the empathetic eavesdropping Mousie to tears. Mousie then edits Jerri's endearments from the tape before presenting it to Fats. In Chicago, Wheeler is enthusiastic about Jerri's song until he discovers that Fats was the composer and orders Tom thrown out of his office. When Tom recounts the events to Fats, Fats tells him that Wheeler was his erstwhile rival in the slot machine business and begins a war of terror on tavern owners, forcing them to replace the Wheeler boxes with "Murdock Musik." Jerri becomes a star, and as she mournfully is measured for her wedding gown, Fats complains that he is going to marry a "dame with a stinking voice." Seizing the opportunity, Mousie suggests giving Tom the honeymoon tickets instead, and confesses that he edited the tapes. The night of Jerri's stage debut, Tom bids goodbye to Jerri in a farewell embrace. Jerri then takes the stage and sings a melodic tribute to Tom. When Fats arrives, Tom informs him that he is in love with Jerri, prompting Fats to offer to be his best man. Just then, Wheeler and his thugs arrive, guns drawn, and Tom hustles Fats to safety on stage and introduces him as the composer of Jerri's song. As Fats performs his composition, Wheeler, impressed by his talent, calls off the vendetta. Jerri then admits that she pretended to have no talent to avoid marrying Fats. Some time later, Tom and Jerri kiss in their honeymoon suite, while in the background, a television blares, broadcasting Fats's television debut.
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|MPAA Ratings:||Premiere Info:||not available|
|Release Date:||1956||Production Date:||
|Color/B&W:||Color (DeLuxe)||Distributions Co:||Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.|
|Sound:||Stereo||Production Co:||Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.|
|Duration(mins):||96 or 98-99||Country:||United States|
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