Around the World


1h 20m 1944
Around the World

Brief Synopsis

Kay Kyser and his Kollege of Musical Knowledge entertain the troops overseas.

Film Details

Also Known As
Keep Em Singing
Genre
Musical
War
Release Date
Jan 1944
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: week of 20 Apr 1944
Production Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Lone Pine, California, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7,275ft

Synopsis

Kay Kyser and his band, accompanied by comic actor Mischa Auer and man-hungry Joan Davis, are entertaining American troops in Australia when young Marcy McGuire begs Kay to let her join the world tour until her father, who is training at an army camp in the United States, sends word for her. After Kay rejects her plea, claiming that she is too young, Marcy stows away onboard the band's plane. When Marcy is discovered, the pilot decides to turn her over to the American Consul in New Delhi, India, which is their next stop. On the flight to India, Kay and Mischa argue over who has collected the best relics on the trip and decide to award $5,000 in war bonds to whomever returns with the best collection. In New Delhi, Kay takes pity on Marcy when the American Consul rules that she must return to Australia, and he agrees to let her travel with the band. From India, the band travels to Chun King, where Marcy begs for a spot in the show. Also in Chun King, the plain-looking Joan snags the slow-witted Joe Gimpus after meeting him in the hotel lobby. Mischa, meanwhile, is directed to the Golden Eagle Club, where he meets the Countess, the owner of the rare ring of the Borgias. Claiming that the ring has placed a curse on her, the Countess offers it to Mischa on the condition that he wear it on the terrace of the Grand Hotel in Cairo. In his enthusiasm, Mischa accidentally spritzes a customer with seltzer water, and the man challenges him to a duel. Kay, in disguise, comes to the aid of his friend and electrifies Mischa's sword, after which Mischa zaps his opponent out of the competition with 20,000 volts. The band moves on to Egypt, where Marcy advises Joan that to attract a man, she should wear an engagement ring, thus appearing "hard to get." Taking Marcy's advice, Joan borrows Mischa's ring and attracts the attention of three men, who follow her from the hotel terrace to the bazaar. Joan is thrilled that Marcy's advice seems to be working until she meets Mischa in the bazaar. He reclaims the ring, after which three men hijack him for the map hidden in the ring's secret compartment. When the men, who are enemy agents, find the map missing, they release Mischa, who then meets Kay in the bazaar. Learning of his friend's peril, Kay throws away the ring and cancels the bet. The troupe travels to Libya, where Mischa plays the piano with grapefruits and Joan appears with Fred's Football Dogs act. In Monrovia, Marcy is called to army headquarters and is notified by the general that her father was killed in action but has been awarded the Purple Heart. Broken-hearted, Marcy vows never to sing again, even though Kay admonishes her that the show must go on. After running off stage, Marcy collides with the general and then returns to the show. Assuming her position on stage, she begins to sing.

Cast

Kay Kyser

Kay Kyser

Mischa Auer

Mischa Auer

Joan Davis

Joan Davis

Marcy Mcguire

Marcy McGuire

Wally Brown

Pilot of the clipper

Alan Carney

Joe Gimpus

Kay Kyser's Band

Ish Kabibble

Ish Kabibble

Georgia Carroll

Georgia Carroll

Harry Babbitt

Harry Babbitt

Sully Mason

Sully Mason

Julie Conway

Julie Conway

Diane Pendleton

Diane Pendleton

Jack & Mac

Robert Armstrong

General

Buford Turner

Turner

Mary Halsey

Mary Jane

Joan Barclay

Barclay

Margie Stewart

Marjorie

Barbara Hale

Barbara

Rosemary Laplanche

Rosemary

Barbara Coleman

Barbara

Shirley O'hara

Shirley

Daun Kennedy

Daun

Sherry Hall

Clipper steward

Renny Mcevoy

Band man

Colin Kenny

Dock worker

Josh Milton

Officer

Drake Thorton

Officer

Jack Alfred

Officer

George Hoagland

Officer

John Albright

Officer

Bill Manning

Handsome sergeant

Charles Straight

Orderly

Peter Chong

Mr. Wong

Joan Valerie

Countess Olga

Frank Puglia

Native dealer

Duncan Renaldo

Dragoman

William Vaughn

German

Arno Frey

German

Walter Bonn

German

Norman Mayes

Orderly

Fred Essler

Teuton

Charles Latorre

Hotel porter

Lee Trent

Captain of the Flying Tigers

Bruce Wong

Elevator boy

Ivan Lebedeff

Menlo

Henry Guttman

Balso

Chester Conklin

Waiter

Gale Amber

Girl

John Piffle

Proprietor

Julius Cramer

Manager

Vic Delinsky

Mischa's waiter

Claire Carleton

Lt. Spencer

Selmer Jackson

Consul

Mel Merrihugh

Soldier

Clarence Peterson

Soldier

Carl Saxe

Soldier

Bernie Sell

Soldier

Gene Stone

Soldier

Bud Townsend

Soldier

Hansel Warner

Soldier

James Waters

Soldier

Billy Wilkerson

Soldier

Eugene Anderson Jr.

Soldier

Ed Astran

Soldier

Richard Clarke

Soldier

James Courtney

Soldier

Kenneth Cutler

Soldier

George Ford

Soldier

George Golden

Soldier

Charles Heard

Soldier

Don Kemp

Soldier

Harold Knight

Soldier

Nils Althin

Soldier

Don Bryan

Soldier

John Jenkins

Soldier

Joe Roach

Soldier

Marcel De La Brosse

Soldier

Cliff Storey

Soldier

Bill Dyer

Soldier

Mike Kilian

Tough soldier

Terry Ray

Tough soldier

Leroy Strine

First lieutenant

Faith Kruger

Singer

Roland Cot

Rickshaw driver

Paul Kaye

Army captain

Arnold Stanford

Orderly

John Dilson

Colonel

Ralph Littlefield

Bald soldier

Ray Spiker

M.P.

Louise Currie

WAAC

Mary Maclaren

Nurse captain

Lee Moore

Dancing marine

Georges Renavent

French captain

Richard Columbo

Private

Louis Mercier

Private

Dick Scott

Tough M.P.

Bruce Cameron

Tough M.P.

Carl Neubert

German flyer

Rolf Lindau

German flyer

Stanley Logan

Commanding officer

Crane Whitely

American captain

Leyland Hodgson

British major

Edmund Glover

Captain

James Westerfield

Bashful marine

Esther Brodelet

Nurse

Gertrude Bank

WAAC captain

Fred Cavens

Instructor

Philip Ahn

Foo

Allen Jung

Ring

Lucienne & Ashour

Specialty

Jadine Wong

Specialty

Li Sun

Specialty

Al Norman

Specialty

Little Fred's Football Dogs

Specialty

Danny Dowling

Film Details

Also Known As
Keep Em Singing
Genre
Musical
War
Release Date
Jan 1944
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: week of 20 Apr 1944
Production Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Lone Pine, California, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7,275ft

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The working title of this film was Keep Em Singing. The opening credits include the following prologue: "To every battle front where men and women of the United Nations fight-civilians from all walks of life are contributing their honest efforts to the struggle. Among these, the brightest stars of Hollywood and Broadway do their bit-we welcome you to come along on this tour of the global conflict. So stand by! Here we are...Australia!" According to pre-production news items in Hollywood Reporter, Edgar Bergen was originally to star in this picture with Kay Kyser but decided to bow out so that he could devote more time to his radio show and camp appearances. Other items in Hollywood Reporter note that the Tunisian sequences were filmed in Lone Pine, CA and that additional scenes were filmed by Theron Warth, the film's editor. Hollywood Reporter dubbed actress Marcy McGuire as RKO's "Mickey Rooney" and added that the studio was trying to build her to stardom in this film. The Variety review incorrectly credits Douglas Travers with special effects.