What's Buzzin' Cousin?


1h 15m 1943

Brief Synopsis

Freddy Martin (Himself) and his band go on a trailer vacation, taking along Rochester (Eddie Anderson) as a handy man. They run out of gas in a ghost town and have to spend the night in the deserted Palace Hotel. The next morning, Ann Crawford (Ann Miller) and her three friends, Josie (Leslie Brooks), Billie (Jeff Donnell) and May (Carol Hughes), arrive as Ann has inherited the hotel and most of the surrounding property, and she and her friends have pooled their savings to pay off the debts and formed a company to run the hotel. Jimmie Ross (John Hubbard), singer with the band, decides to help the girls and has the hotel done over at his expense. Rochester, digging in the Victory Garden he has started, finds a gold nugget and the rush is on. Gangster Pete Hartley (Bradley Page) and his henchmen move in with intentions of taking over. He succeeds, over Ann's protests, in buying the property from her friends. Jimmie returns and thinks Ann has double-crossed him and they quarrel and part. Jimmie discovers that Rochester's gold nugget was his own gold inlay. Later, back on the radio with Freddie's band, Jimmie sings a song especially to Ann, who he hopes is listening.

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 8, 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,754ft (8 reels)

Synopsis

Jimmy Ross, a successful lawyer and childhood friend of band leader Freddy Martin, abandons his law practice for the summer and joins the Martin band as a singer. Rochester, another member of the company, and his girl friend Blossom join Freddy, Jimmy and the band in driving across the country to a booking in New York. One day, they stop at Waverhill, a ghost town, for gas. Finding none, they decide to spend the night in the run-down, deserted Palace Hotel. The next morning, Ann Crawford, a young dancer, and her three friends, Josie, Billie and May, arrive in town and are horrified to see the condition of the property in which they all have invested. Ann explains to Rochester that, when the property was willed to her by her grandfather, there was a tax lien on it, so she and her friends pooled their resources and paid it off. When Ann and Jimmy meet, he gets an idea about what to do with the hotel and becomes their partner. Jimmy convinces Freddy that he can renovate the hotel, put in a floor show and advertise in neighboring cities. Although Jimmy offers to put up the money, he asks Freddy and the band to commit to play the opening engagement. Freddy agrees and, in a very short time, the hotel reopens with Freddy and Ann performing. The show is poorly attended however, and while Jimmy and Ann intend to persevere, her friends want to leave. Ann admits to them that she has fallen in love with Jimmy. On a drive in the countryside, Rochester, Blossom, Jimmy and Ann get lost and come across a hillbilly family, who perform for them and later join the hotel's show. One day, Rochester is planting a Victory garden when he finds a gold nugget in the earth, and a "gold rush" is started in Waverhill. Hundreds of people buy up land and the town booms. Jim Langford, the real estate speculator who handled Ann's purchase, sends Pete Hartley, a confidence man, to Waverhill to buy back the property. When Hartley makes the women an offer, Ann wants to discuss it with Jimmy, as he financed the refurbishing, but the women vote to sell immediately. Later, Hartley tells Jimmy that he has bought everything and that Jimmy is now working for him. After Jimmy accuses Ann of double-crossing him, he visits an assayer for an evaluation of Rochester's nugget and is told that it is very fine gold and can be found in any dentist's office as it is a tooth inlay. Jimmy finds Rochester shooting dice with the bellboys and tells him the news, and Rochester realizes that it was one of his own fillings that started the gold rush. Meanwhile, Ann drives away, leaving Jimmy the capital he had invested in the hotel, plus interest, and a note stating that she had always intended to repay him. Langford then decides to develop Waverhill legitimately. Later, in New York, Ann and her friends reunite and they tell her that Jimmy has been looking for her. The girls then tune in a live Freddy Martin broadcast on a radio they have just acquired. After Jimmy dedicates a love song to her, Ann goes to the radio station and she and Jimmy embrace.

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 8, 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,754ft (8 reels)

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The viewed print, which ran approximately 66 minutes, May have been missing one or more musical numbers. According to an August 1942 pre-production news item in Hollywood Reporter, Alfred E. Green was initially slated to direct this film. A November 1942 Hollywood Reporter news item announced that Robert Haymes, a vocalist with the Freddy Martin orchestra, was to play a leading man in this film. Although Martin's orchestra appears in the picture, Haymes is not credited anywhere. The Tchaikovsky piano concerto that Martin performed in the film became a big hit for the band leader, and subsequently, lyrics were written by Bobby Worth for the piece, which was then retitled "Tonight We Love." A Hollywood Reporter production chart places Adele Mara in the cast,but her participation in the released film has not been confirmed.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1943

Released in United States 1943