The Big Show-Off


1h 19m 1945

Brief Synopsis

Joe Bagley (Lionel Stander),owner of the Blue Heaven Club,tries to foster a romance between shy pianist Sandy Elliott (Arthur Lake)and band vocalist June Mayfield(Dale Evans.) Joe tells June that Sandy is really a professional,masked wrestler known as "The Devil." Wally Porter (George Meeker),also in love with June doesn't believe the story. The real wrestler breaks a leg in a match and Sandy,in order to keep up the ruse now has to wear a cast on his leg.June attends a match and hears the real Devil announce his engagement to another girl.

Film Details

Also Known As
Next Comes Love
Release Date
Jan 22, 1945
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Williams-Spence Productions
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 19m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

Synopsis

Nightclub owner Joe Bagley watches with exasperation as his friend, pianist Sandy Elliott, pines for the club's singer, June Mayfield. Sandy is too shy to reveal his feelings to June, who is dating the club's conceited master of ceremonies, Wally Porter. Joe arranges for June to go to Sandy's apartment for a rehearsal, but interfering neighbors prevent Sandy from expressing himself. Unknown to Sandy, June reciprocates his feelings but fears that the gentle musician would be unable to defend himself if Wally attacked him out of jealousy. Soon after, Joe sees June and Wally on a date at a wrestling match and is surprised at June's enthusiasm for the action. Telling Sandy that June is "muscle nuts," Joe urges him to become more physically aggressive, and then arranges for a large friend to heckle June at the nightclub. The bruiser hits Wally when he attempts to defend June, but pretends to be intimidated by Sandy's flailing punches and leaves. June is impressed by Sandy's "courage," and Joe seals Sandy's fate as a tough guy by confiding in June that Sandy secretly supports his eleven siblings by wrestling as "The Devil." The Devil, who always performs in a mask, is June's favorite wrestler, and she is thrilled to learn that he is Sandy. Sandy is furious with Joe, but his ire is assuaged when June makes clear her romantic interest in him. Later, Joe and Sandy hide in the arena balcony while June eagerly watches a match between The Devil and his arch-rival, Boris the Bulgar. All three are horrified when The Devil suffers a broken leg, and Joe rushes Sandy home and has Dr. Dinwiddie put a cast on his leg. June begs Sandy to give up wrestling, but Joe informs her that he cannot break his contracts. June then confides in her roommate Mitzi that she wants to accept Sandy's proposal of marriage but fears that his brutal tendencies in the ring will carry over into their home life. A week later, Sandy decides to ask the real Devil to give up wrestling, or at least change his name, so that June will agree to marry him. When Sandy arrives at The Devil's home, he is surprised to learn that the wrestler, whose real name is Herbert Trafagen, is a cultured artist, and that his cousin, a chef, is Boris the Bulgar. Herbert refuses Sandy's request to quit or change his name to "The King," and the situation worsens for Sandy when, at The Devil's next match, he announces his engagement to his girl friend. June, who is in the audience with Wally, is heartbroken and later tells Wally that Sandy is The Devil. Soon after, The Devil, who has left the city, is being sought by the police for attacking a man who was too attentive to his fiancée. Wally, hoping to regain June's affections, turns Sandy in to the police, and the wrestler's manager, who has never seen his client unmasked, identifies Sandy as The Devil. The manager's lawyer advises Sandy not to confess because his career will be ruined, even though all he will receive from the police is a fine. Seeing an opportunity to extricate himself, Sandy confesses to the crime, pays his fine and promises June that he has retired from the ring. Later, the newlyweds attend a wrestling match between "The King" and Boris the Bulgar, and June tells the crowd that Sandy, the retired Devil, is going to be a father.

Film Details

Also Known As
Next Comes Love
Release Date
Jan 22, 1945
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Williams-Spence Productions
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 19m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

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Notes

The working title of this film was Next Comes Love. Although the viewed print listed Williams-Spence Productions as the film's copyright claimant, the Catalog of Copyright Entries lists Republic as the copyright holder for the production. According to an April 1944 Hollywood Reporter news item, Edward Kovacs was originally set as the film's associate producer.