Larceny with Music (1943)


An orchestra manager drums up business for his band by convincing the owner of a struggling nightclub that his group’s singer is due a huge inheritance.

Director: Edward C. Lilley (as Edward Lilley).
Stars: Allan Jones, Kitty Carlisle, Leo Carillo, William Frawley, Gus Schilling, Lee Patrick, Samuel S. Hinds, Sig Arno, Alvino Rey, The King Sisters.


Many thanks to Stephen sending me a copy of this movie.

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  1. January 1, 2019

    Thanks for posting this Jon. Despite a wonderful cast of character actors & the strong vocals of the two leads, this is a bit lackluster in its scripting and direction. Some of the songs are clever, but the pattern of taking old song standards & jazzng them up a bit becomes repetitious; and the film ends on a finale that becomes a salute to our armed forces (this was made in the middle of the war years) that feels deperate to reach for an audience-pleasing climax. Still, we watch these bc they are rare, not necessarily bc they are good Thanks again John.

  2. January 5, 2019

    I agree completely Patrick. Good to see this one but your assessment is spot on.

  3. Hazel Tanner Law
    November 24, 2019

    Thank you so very much. It gave us a chance to see our Dad. He played the slide trombone in Alvino Rays band. The film may have been lackluster, but seeing Pop was a treasure. My deepest thanks.

    Hazel Tanner

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