Good Morning, Judge (1943)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Farce, Showbiz Comedy  |   Run Time - 66 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This 67-minute farce stars Dennis O'Keefe as a music publisher sued for plagiarism by a pair of scraggly songwriters. Louise Allbritton is the lady lawyer bringing litigation against O'Keefe, who has promoted the song in question into a hit for his tempestuous singer girlfriend (Mary Beth Hughes). Just as in the much-later George Harrison/ "My Sweet Lord" case, it seems that O'Keefe had rejected the song when it was first offered him, remembered the tune subconsciously, and commissioned it to be written by one of his staffers. As O'Keefe simultaneously battles and woos Allbritton, he and the other cast members repeatedly become embroiled in public brawls, and end up day after day in court, facing the same long-suffering judge (Oscar O'Shea). In fact, the plot never does completely resolve itself, and in the last scene the poor judge is once again wearily passing sentence on the leading characters.

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music-publisher, plagiarism, lawsuit, songwriter, music, music-business, prosecutor, court [law], sentence [penal system], boyfriend, friendship, girlfriend, lawyer, love, questioning [police interrogation]