Tonight I watched the sequel to The Affairs of Annabel. It was on TCM last night. I picked up a double bill of comedies that I hadn't seen before. They make #342 and #343 for the year. This 1938 Lucille Ball movie is called Annabel takes a Tour. It's got Jack Oakie reprising his role as Lucy's crazy publicity man. He's got a scheme a minute, that guy. Lucy is a young starlet with sights on the big time and Jack is trying his darnest to get her the publicity to get her there. There's a lot of story in this 67 mintue movie. There's some pretty good slapstick, jabs at the film industry and some bad jokes. Most of Jack's plans don't turn out as he planned. His character must lead a life of hirings and firings. Luckily criticism doesn't phase him. He keeps moving in his bull-in-a-china-shop manner and some hilarity ensues. You'll be the judge of that. Parts made me laugh, but not as much as the second feature.
That's Right---You're Wrong was the second Kay Kyser film that I had seen, but his first feature. Kay and his Band play themselves. In the film, like real life, Hollywood has seen how popular Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge are. They come a callin', lookin' to cash in on some of that sweet sweet musical money. Twenty million people tune in each Wednesday evening and in 1938 there wasn't anything to keep those fans out of the movie theaters. Kay and his ochestra did 7 movies and That's Right---You're Wrong was the first.
The movie opens and closes with versions of the radio show. These fun pieces bookend the adventure Kay and the boys have in Hollywood. There are musical numbers in the opening and closing bits as well as the Hollywood second act. It's not bad but it's music I don't care much about. There were a couple of weird songs by a guy with a really weird voice. The radio show had a Q&A session. I enjoyed that. Kay asks contestants music based questions. It's very snappy and fast paced. Lots of jokes and notes a flying. The band in Hollywood stuff was fun enough. They go to be in a movie, all excited like, and next thing you know they are seduced by the Hollywood life style. It's pretty much the clean version, not your Hollywood Babylon grist. The studio had writers working on a script for Kay and the gang. Edward Everett Horton was one of the two. I always liked him. The original premise was pretty bad. Kay is a gondoler in Venice. He becomes a band leader and the toast of Europe. The scene Kay shot in the gondola with Lucille Ball was pretty funny, especially in the context of the story. Time Well Wasted.