To Beat the Band (1935)

Genres - Comedy, Musical  |   Run Time - 67 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Hugh Herbert plays a middle-aged bumbler who is about to inherit a multimillion dollar estate. But there's a catch: Herbert must be married to a widow--any widow--within three days. Roger Pryor plays a suicidal young man who offers to marry young Phyllis Brooks, then kill himself and make Brooks a widow, leaving the field clear for Herbert to move in! Bandleader Fred Keating, who stands to get the money if Herbert doesn't marry, appoints himself Pryor's "protector." To Beat the Band is no worldbeater in the field of comedy, but it does feature Johnny Mercer, Joy Hodges, Sonny Lamont and Nick Condos on the musical end.

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bachelor, fortune [wealth], inheritance, marriage, widow/widower, will [document]