Behind the Eight Ball

Behind the Eight Ball

The Harry] Ritz Brothers [Al, Jimmy
Director: Edward F. Cline Cast: The Harry] Ritz Brothers [Al, Jimmy
The Harry] Ritz Brothers [Al, Jimmy
, Carol Bruce
Carol Bruce
, Dick Foran
Dick Foran
Edward F. Cline




To say that Behind the Eight Ball is the best of the Ritz Brothers' quartet of Universal vehicles is faint praise indeed, but it's fact that the Ritzes pack an awful lot of laughs in the film's 60-minute running time. The story takes place at a summer theater in the Berkshire Mountains, where heroine Joan Barry (Carol Bruce) is staging a Broadway-bound musical comedy. Only one problem: two guest stars are shot and killed on two successive evenings, right in front of the audience. Hoping to solve the mystery, detective William Demarest demands that everyone -- actors and theatergoers alike -- return the following weekend to restage the show. But with no major performer willing to assume the fatal guest-star slot, Joan is forced to hire the Three Jolly Jesters (Al, Harry and Jimmy Ritz), Manhattan washroom attendants with showbiz aspirations. Though they're not keen on being set up as targets for the murderer, our three heroes gamely do as they're told -- and miracle of miracles, ultimately reveal that the killings are tied in with a nest of Axis spies! Highlights of this lightning-paced programmer include the Don Raye-Gene Paul hit song "Mister Five by Five" and the Ritz boys' specialty number "Charles Atlas Did It for Me."

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2016
UPC: 0025192384332
Original Release: 1942
Source: Universal Mod
Time: 1:01:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harry] Ritz Brothers [Al, Jimmy The Jolly Jesters
Carol Bruce Joan Barry
Dick Foran Bill Edwards
Grace McDonald Babs
Johnny Downs Danny
William Demarest McKenzie
Richard Davies Clay Martin
Sonny Dunham and His Band Themselves
Ray Kellogg vocalist
William H. Ruhl Flynn
Kernan Cripps Doyle
Lew Kelly Hank
Russell Hicks Harry B. Kemp
Vinton Haworth Bobby Leonard
John Berkes bearded man
Claire Whitney society matron
Ruth Lee society matron
Emmett Lynn Charlie, the undertaker
Harold Belfer Wally Raymond
Jane Cowan debutante
Henry Hall old man
Eddie Coke grandson
Forbes Murray husband
William Cabanne young man
Charles Sullivan waiter
Jack C. Smith police officer
Ethan Laidlaw tough guy
Duke York hood
Robert Barron hood
Mickey Simpson hood
Eleanor Counts cigarette girl

Technical Credits
Edward F. Cline Director
Howard Benedict Associate Producer
Gene de Paul Songwriter
Sonny Dunham Musical Direction/Supervision
Don Kaye Songwriter
Jack Otterson Art Director
Charles Previn Musical Direction/Supervision
Eddie Prinz Choreography
Stanley Roberts Original Story,Screenwriter
George Robinson Cinematographer
Mel Ronson Screenwriter
Melville Shyer Asst. Director
Vera West Costumes/Costume Designer
Maurice E. Wright Editor

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