Synopsis: Football player John Kent tags along as Huck Haines and the Wabash Indianians travel to an engagement in Paris, only to lose it immediately. John and company visit his aunt, owner of a posh fashion house run by her assistant, Stephanie. There they meet the singer Scharwenka (alias Huck's old friend Lizzie), who gets the band a job. Meanwhile, Madame Roberta passes away and leaves the business to John and he goes into partnership with Stephanie.
Director(s): William A. Seiter
Production: Warner Bros.
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

- Did you bring my band of Indians?

- Indians?

Yes, American Indians,

musicians to play in my caf.

- Oh, you mean Indians with feathers?

- Yes, with noses.

- Like on the American five cents?

- Yes, yes.

- Have you got them on board, yes?

- No.

Thank you, monsieur.

Indians? Indians?

Are you the Wabash Indians Band?

Are you Voyda?

I am Alexander Petrovitch

Moskovich Voyda.

Let's pick it up from there.

We're the boys you hired

to play at your caf.

- The Wabash Indianians.

- Indianians?

Is this the same as Indians?

Well, yes, in a sense.

You see, we don't wear our feathers

in warm weather, do we, boys?

- No.

- No, never, never.

- Well, when do we start, Mr. Voyda?

- You don't start.

I cable for Indians and I want Indians!

No pale American face

is going to make me a fool of myself.

Did you ever heard of Alexander

Petrovitch Moskovich Voyda?

- Sure.

- Yes, and how, and how.

As a matter of fact, we hear you're one

of the cleverest fellows in Paris.

In Paris and all Europe.

The whole world.

Well, I was coming to that.

I just wanted to prepare you, that's all.

You got a great bet

in these boys, Mr. Voyda.

- They'll be a knockout in your caf.

- They shall never see my caf.

I ordered Indians, and what do I get?

Wait, Mr. Voyda.

Huck, do the organ number, quick.

Come on, boys, give us the organ number.

Get the gloves out.

- Oh, Mr. Voyda.

- What?

Aren't you going to

give these boys a chance?

No, why should I?

Sorry, Mr. Voyda,

but I'm afraid you've got to listen.

Just submit quietly

and we'll both keep out of jail.

Well, how did you like that, Mr. Voyda?

You see, you almost made a mistake.

I made a mistake? You made a mistake.

You are not Indians!

The cable mentioned a short engagement.

Well, it was a nice trip over.

It'll be a nicer trip going back,

stoking coals.

Come on, boys, the train for Paris.

A grand total of $13.78.

And a button.

Well, boys, at the rate we live,

that'll last us about two months.

Mother told me

there would be days like this.

Say, listen,

they dance in Paris, don't they?

All we have to do

is find out who pays the fiddler.

Does anyone know anyone in Paris?

That top sergeant brother of mine

gave me some addresses.


Wait! I know somebody, a little girl

who used to live next door to me.

Gee, I was crazy about her, too.

She's a sensation in Paris,

she's a star of some show or something.

- She'll help us.

- Well, what's her name?

What was her name?

Gee, I could find her like that

if I could only remember her name.

Anybody else you know

you can't remember?

Yeah, but I can't think who they are.

I know, it's Lizzie, Lizzie...

Elizabeth Gatz.

That's it. Elizabeth Gatz.

What a beautiful name.

Whether you find your Lizzie or not,

I've got an aunt in Paris. Aunt Minnie.

Can Aunt Minnie use a band?

Probably not. She's a dressmaker.

Well, I've knitted and tatted

all my life, but I've never sewed.

- She's very rich and famous. She might...

- Why didn't you say so before?

She's Roberta.


- This Roberta?

- Yeah.

They tell me in Paris if you

don't buy your gowns from Roberta,

you're not dressed at all.

I see, nude if you don't, and nude if you do.

Grab my bag, will you?

Listen, ask your aunt Minnie if she knows

where we can find Lizzie Gatz, will you?

- Okay. I won't be long.

- All right.

You fellows pick yourselves

some comfortable easy chairs.



What am I supposed to do here

besides pray? Or can't you speak English?

Well, the old trap won't go.

Oh, what's the use? Just a dumb foreigner.

Oh, here, here, here.

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Jerome Kern

Jerome David Kern (January 27, 1885 – November 11, 1945) was an American composer of musical theatre and popular music. One of the most important American theatre composers of the early 20th century, he wrote more than 700 songs, used in over 100 stage works, including such classics as "Ol' Man River", "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man", "A Fine Romance", "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "The Song Is You", "All the Things You Are", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Long Ago (and Far Away)" and "Who?". He collaborated with many of the leading librettists and lyricists of his era, including George Grossmith Jr., Guy Bolton, P. G. Wodehouse, Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II, Dorothy Fields, Johnny Mercer, Ira Gershwin and E. Y. Harburg. A native New Yorker, Kern created dozens of Broadway musicals and Hollywood films in a career that lasted for more than four decades. His musical innovations, such as 4/4 dance rhythms and the employment of syncopation and jazz progressions, built on, rather than rejected, earlier musical theatre tradition. He and his collaborators also employed his melodies to further the action or develop characterization to a greater extent than in the other musicals of his day, creating the model for later musicals. Although dozens of Kern's musicals and musical films were hits, only Show Boat is now regularly revived. Songs from his other shows, however, are still frequently performed and adapted. Many of Kern's songs have been adapted by jazz musicians to become standard tunes. more…

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