Going Places (1938)
In Going Places, Powell plays a sporting goods salesman who poses as a famous jockey to get in with the upper-class horse set. He ends up astride Jeepers Creepers in a big race with Armstrong and a group of musicians riding alongside in a wagon so Satchmo can play his trumpet and sing to the horse! At a party, in another unlikely situation for a horse groom, Armstrong leads an all-black orchestra and a group of black singers and dancers in a production number called "Mutiny in the Nursery."
Going Places, based on a play by Victor Mapes and William Collier, was filmed three times before, first as a silent called Hottentot (1923), then as a talkie of the same title (1929) and next as a Joe E. Brown vehicle called Polo Joe (1936). Powell, still in the lightweight-crooner phase of his career, was six years away from reinventing himself as a hard-boiled detective in Murder, My Sweet (1944). Ronald Reagan has a supporting role in Going Places as a stable owner's playboy son.
Louis Armstrong (1900-1971) emerged as one of the world's greatest jazz stars in a career that spanned more than a half-century. He made his movie debut in Ex-Flame (1931). Among his other notable film appearances are Cabin in the Sky (1943), A Song Is Born (1948), The Glenn Miller Story (1954), High Society (1956), Satchmo the Great (1957) and Hello Dolly! (1969).
Producer: Hal B. Wallis
Director: Ray Enright
Screenplay: Sig Herzig, Maurice Leo, Jerry Wald, from the play The Hottentot by William Collier, Sr. and Victor Mapes
Cinematography: Arthur L. Todd
Art Direction: Hugh Reticker
Costume Design: Howard Shoup
Original Music: Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren, Sam Perry (uncredited), Heinz Roemheld (uncredited)
Editing: Clarence Kolster
Principal Cast: Dick Powell (Peter Mason, aka Peter Randall), Anita Louise (Ellen Parker), Allen Jenkins (Droopy), Ronald Reagan (Jack Withering), Walter Catlett (Franklin Dexter), Louis Armstrong (Gabriel).
by Roger Fristoe