That's My Gal


1h 6m 1947

Brief Synopsis

Two sharpie promoters (Don Barry and Frank Jenks) put on a show they believe is so bad it will not play more than one day and they therefore will not have to pay the long list of investors,i.e, suckers and buyers. But one of the investors dies intestate and his interests pass to the state. The governor's secretary (Lynne Roberts) engages new talent (the Four Step Brothers, Guadalajara Trio, St. Clair & Vilvoa, Dolores and Don Graham, et al) and a new orchestra (Jan Savitt), in order to make the show successful and a profitable investment for the state. Barry (in another of the vast majority of his films in which he was not billed as Don "Red" Barry), who has fallen in love with the first-billed Roberts, reforms and buys up the surplus stock.

Film Details

Release Date
May 15, 1947
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 6m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Trucolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

In Allentown, after seeing a burlesque show called "That's My Gal," confidence men Harry Coleman and Louie Koblentz decide to buy the show. They visit producer Benny Novak's hotel room, where they explain their plan to sell interest in the show, while making it so lewd that the town's mayor will be forced to close it down on opening night, allowing them to keep most of the backers' money for themselves. Convinced that their plan will work, Benny agrees to produce the show, in which Harry and Louie sell interests totaling 250 percent. When backer Joshua Perkins arrives at the rehearsal, one of the dancers demonstrates a provocative dance called the "snake hips," and Perkins collapses and dies. Because Perkins leaves no heirs, Natalie Adams, who works for the state, takes over Perkins' estate, which includes a fifty-one percent share in "That's My Gal." Natalie visits the gang at their office and asks to see their account books, but they tell her they have been sent out for auditing. Worried about her prying, Benny decides to distract Natalie by taking her out to the Jungle Club that evening and plying her with champagne. Benny is the one who gets drunk, however, and by the time he awakes the next morning, Natalie has already arrived at the show's rehearsal. After a "jury" of twelve citizens judges the show to be sordid, Natalie offers Benny money from the state treasury in order to improve it, thereby protecting government money already invested in the show. When State Assemblyman McBride learns that state money is going into the show, he angrily denounces Governor Thompson, against whom he is campaigning. Natalie arranges a meeting, in which the governor tells the gang that if the show is a failure, he will be voted out during the upcoming election. Benny insists that Harry and Louie buy back the oversold interest in the show, but none of the backers will sell. The show opens and in the audience are both McBride and the governor. Backstage, the show's backers speak with Natalie, who realizes that the show is oversold. When Natalie explains this to them, they frantically sell their interest back to Benny. Natalie then attempts to stop the show, which is a huge success, so Benny offers to donate his forty-nine percent interest to the state. Overjoyed, Natalie announces the news to the grateful audience.

Cast

Lynne Roberts

Natalie Adams

Donald Barry

Benny Novak

Pinky Lee

Harry Coleman

Frank Jenks

Louie Koblentz

Edward Gargan

Mike

Judy Clark

Helen McBride

Paul Stanton

Gov. Thompson

John Hamilton

Assemblyman McBride

Ray Walker

Danny Malone

Marian Martin

Pepper

Elmer Jerome

Joshua Perkins

George Carleton

Judge

Jan Savitt

Isabelita

The Guadalajara Trio

The Four Step Brothers

St. Clair And Vilova

Dolores Graham

Don Graham

Jimmy Ames

Specialty performer

Mary Newton

Miss Burgess

Forbes Murray

Lt. governor

Emmett Vogan

Attorney general

Virginia Carroll

Secretary

Ferris Taylor

Portly man

Rebel Randall

Showgirl

Joe Yule

Comic

William Newell

Stage manager Sam

Vivien Oakland

Mrs. McBride

Lois Austin

Governor's wife

Howard Mitchell

Juror

Pearl Early

Juror

Cecil Weston

Juror

Robert Riordan

Juror

Mary Bayless

Governor's secretary

John Roberts

Man in governor's office

Mary Gleason

Woman in governor's office

Jerry Jerome

Man in theater

Malcolm Sabiston

Performer

Phil Arnold

Performer

Donald Kerr

Actor

Bert Roach

Stagehand

Dick Elliott

Stagedoor man

The Johnson Brothers

Juggling act

Harold Miller

Herman

Jack Chefe

Waiter

Walden Boyle

Public administrator

Jack Richardson

Buyer

John Ince

Buyer

Richard Gordon

Buyer

Larry Steers

Buyer

Ed Peil Sr.

Buyer

James Carlisle

Buyer

Wayne Tredway

Sucker

Nolan Leary

Sucker

Wheaton Chambers

Sucker

Jack George

Sucker

Broderick O'farrell

Sucker

Fred Santley

Sucker

Roy Butler

Sucker

Charles Miller

Mr. Newcomb

Douglas Carter

Robert P. Wayne

Stanley Blystone

Jerome Franks Jr.

Film Details

Release Date
May 15, 1947
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 6m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Trucolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

According to a Box Office news item, this picture was the first non-western "Trucolor" production made by Republic.