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Make Believe Ballroom (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 1 April 1949 (USA)
Liza Lee, fast-talking press agent for Al Jarvis, persuades Jarvis to stage a Musical Mystery Contest, with a $5000 prize to the person who can first name the most musical numbers and their... See full summary »


Joseph Santley


Albert Duffy (story), Albert Duffy (screenplay) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerome Courtland ... Gene Thomas
Ruth Warrick ... Liza Lee
Ron Randell ... Leslie Todd
Virginia Welles ... Josie Marlow
Adele Jergens ... Adele Jergens
Jimmy Dorsey ... Band Leader Jimmy Dorsey
Martin Block Martin Block ... Disc Jockey Martin Block
Al Jarvis ... Al Jarvis - Disc Jockey
Frankie Laine ... Singer Frankie Laine
Gene Krupa ... Drummer Gene Krupa
Pee Wee Hunt Pee Wee Hunt ... Band Leader Pee Wee Hunt
Kay Starr Kay Starr ... Singer Kay Starr
Jack Smith ... Singer Jack Smith
Toni Harper ... Singer Toni Harper
Nat 'King' Cole ... Trio Leader (as King Cole Trio)


Liza Lee, fast-talking press agent for Al Jarvis, persuades Jarvis to stage a Musical Mystery Contest, with a $5000 prize to the person who can first name the most musical numbers and their performers. Drive-in carhops Gene Thomas ) and Josie Marlow run neck-and-neck in the contest, They are friendly rivals until college professor Leslie Todd begins courting Josie. Gene is thrown out of the contest on the grounds he tried to bribe sound engineer Jerskin Elliott into telling him the name and performer of the final, deciding mystery tune. Believing that Gene is innocent, Josie tricks a confession out of Elliott and clears Gene for the grand finale. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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See and Hear...Frankie Laine - King Cole Trio - Toni Harper - Jack Smith - Kay Starr - The Sportsmen - Charlie Barnet - Jimmy Dorsey - Jan Garber - Pee Wee Hunt - Gene Krupa - Ray McKinley See more »


Comedy | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

1 April 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Swingens mästare See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Referenced in The Sopranos: Kennedy and Heidi (2007) See more »


Candy Store Blues
Sung by Toni Harper
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Great Music Film
18 December 2005 | by mmpendragon-1See all my reviews

80 minutes of some of the best musicians and singers around, including: Frankie Laine, Kay Starr, The Nat Cole Trio, Gene Krupa, Jimmy Dorsey, Charlie Barnett, Jack Smith and more. The story about two carhops competing in a "name that tune" radio contest serves as a pleasant link between songs.

Frankie Laine sings his million seller, "On The Sunny Side Of The Street," Kay Starr scores with "I'm The Loneliest Girl In Town," and Jerome Courtland (the male carhop) serves up a beautiful recording of "It's A Blue World." For big band fans there's a killer jam session with Jimmy Dorsey, Pee Wee Hunt, Charlie Barnett and Jan Garber.

The script is witty and fast-paced and the fun never lags.

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