Handle with Care (1964)

Genres - Comedy, Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Comedy  |   Run Time - 86 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In this all African-American musical comedy, a worker for the Brass Rail nightclub, owned by "Second Rate Kate," gets in trouble when he loses a few hundred dollars in club receipts during a hold-up. To help him get back the missing money, he enlists the aid of a fellow employee. They decide to hit up a recently arrived Texan whom they believe (mistakenly) to be a millionaire. In reality, the Texan is an impoverished jazz musician. One night he gets drunk at the Brass Rail and falls in love with the singer, who despises musicians. Meanwhile the two employees get lucky and find a suspicious drunk carrying a bag--it is of course, filled with the missing loot. Back at the club, the jazz pianist awakens from his drunken stupor long after closing and begins to play the piano in the empty club. Second Rate Kate is so impressed that she offers him a job on the spot. Songs include: "Handle with Care," "Too Little Too Late," and "Sad Dreams and Bitter Teardrops."

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loot, recovery [health], alcoholism, behind-the-scenes, club [organization], employee, employment, fundraiser, hearing [sense], jazz, love, millionaire, mistake, mistaken-identity, music, nightclub, offer, owner, piano, poverty, robbery, songwriter, Texan, car