Footlight Fever (1941)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 69 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A sequel to the zany backstage comedy Curtain Call, RKO Radio's Footlight Fever once again stars Alan Mowbray and Donald MacBride as fly-by-night theatrical producers Avery and Crandall. This time, our heroes try to weasel money out of a potential backer, spinsterish millionaire Hattie (Elisabeth Risdon). Part of the scheme requires Avery and Crandall to pose as the seafaring buddies of Hattie's long-lost fiance, leading to the usual complications when said fiance finally shows up. The romantic leads in this one are played by Elyse Knox, later the mother of actor Mark Harmon, and Lee Bonnell, later the producer-husband of Gale Storm. Posting a $40,000 loss, Footlight Fever effectively ended RKO's burgeoning Mowbray-MacBride comedy series.

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deception, investing, millionaire, spinster