Monday, January 24, 2011

My Favorite Spy (1942).




My Favorite Spy (1942). Produced by silent-film comedian Harold Lloyd. Cast: Ellen Drew, Moroni Olsen and Jane Wyman. My Favorite Spy, is a vehicle for bandleader Kay Kyser, who looks a little like Lloyd.

Just before taking off on his honeymoon with his new bride Terry, Kyser is drafted into the Army. Where he runs into trouble with all his assignments. Terry, is soon promoted into service by US intelligence officer Major Allen, who believes that Nazi agents have been passing secrets in the nightclub where Kyser's band performs.



To maintain his cover, Kay is discharged from the army in disgrace and is ordered to make himself a "security risk", so that Nazi Robinson, will want Kay to join his spy ring. Trouble is, Kyser must keep his espionage activities secret from everyone including his wife Terry. Making matters worse, Kyser is working with glamorous secret agent Connie, whom Terry suspects them having an affair. Many funny situations with Kay Kyser rescuing his wife from the Nazis. My Favorite Spy, is a very cute film with a few laughs.

Video: Got the Moon in My Pocket"
(1942)
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Played by the Kay Kyser Band and sung by Harry Babbitt, Sully Mason,
Trudy Erwin, Dorothy Dunn and others.
Even though some of the video is not in English you get the general idea of what is going on.

Ellen Drew (November 23, 1915 – December 3, 2003),  was discovered while working at an ice cream parlor where one of the customers William Demarest, noticed her and helped her get into films.

She became popular from 1938 to 1943, where she appeared in six films per year, including: Sing You Sinners (1938) with Bing Crosby and The Lady's from Kentucky (1939) with George Raft. Christmas in July (1940), Isle of the Dead (1945), Johnny O'clock (1947), The Man from Colorado (1948) and The Crooked Way (1949).




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