Never a Dull Moment


60m 1943

Film Details

Release Date
Nov 19, 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,375ft

Synopsis

One night, Dick Manning brings his wealthy socialite mother to the Club Algiers nightclub to meet his fiancée, singer Julie Russell. Unknown to Julie, Tony Rocco, the gangster owner of the nightclub, plans to rob Mrs. Manning of her famed Manning necklace, which is studded with $500,000 worth of blue-white diamonds. Upon Julie's suggestion, Mrs. Manning agrees to hold Dick and Julie's engagement party at the nightclub, which Rocco sees as his opportunity to steal the necklace. Rather than using his own men, however, Rocco decides to employ pickpocket Flo Parker and import some Chicago gangsters through the phony theatrical agency of Barney Wilson. Wilson's empty office, however, has been invaded by Harry, Jimmy and Al Ritz, a brother act known as The Funny Bunnies, at the time of Rocco's call, and the brothers take the job, mistakenly thinking that they have been hired as entertainment for the nightclub. The brothers arrive at the nightclub on the night of the engagement party, and Rocco and his men continue to think that they are fellow gangsters merely using their musical comedy act as a cover. While dancing with Harry, Flo steals Mrs. Manning's necklace and hides it in Harry's pocket. Afraid of what might happen if they are caught with the necklace, the three brothers manage to return the jewelry to the socialite's neck. Flo steals the necklace once more, however, and the three brothers become fugitives when it is discovered missing. It is not until they read the newspaper the next day, though, that the brothers realize that they have the stolen jewelry. Looking for a place to hide, the brothers unwittingly sneak into a police station, where they run into Dick and Julie, who is under suspicion for the robbery. After turning over the necklace to Captain Michael Fogarty, the brothers agree to help the police capture Rocco and his gang. The brothers go back to the nightclub and get Rocco to admit that he planned the robbery. After a brief delay, the police arrive and arrest the real gangsters. The Funny Bunnies then announce their intention to return to Chicago, but when someone calls the Club Algiers looking for two gangsters, Harry answers the phone as before, explaining to his brothers that he is repeating the gag for those people who missed the first part of the film.

Film Details

Release Date
Nov 19, 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,375ft

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Notes

This was the fourth and final Universal film to star the Ritz Brothers, and the last film in which all three brothers appeared together. Al Ritz retired completely from films after this picture. Harry and Jim Ritz later made film appearances together in cameos in the 1975 film Blazing Stewardesses and in the 1976 Paramount film Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood. Harry Ritz made his last screen appearence in Silent Movie, a 1976 comedy.