Sleepy Lagoon (film)

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Sleepy Lagoon
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Directed by Joseph Santley
Screenplay byFrank Gill. Jr.
George Carleton Brown
Story byPrescott Chaplin
Starring Judy Canova
Dennis Day
Ruth Donnelly
Cinematography Bud Thackery
Edited by Richard Van Enger
Music byMort Glickman (uncredited)
Walter Scharf (uncredited)
Marlin Skiles (uncredited)
Republic Pictures
Distributed by Republic Pictures
Release date
  • September 5, 1943 (1943-09-05)(United States)
Running time
65 minsutes
CountryUnited States

Sleepy Lagoon is a 1943 American musical comedy film directed by Joseph Santley and featuring comedian Judy Canova and singer Dennis Day. The film was written by Prescott Chaplin, while Frank Gill, Jr. and George Carleton Brown wrote the screenplay. It was Canova's final feature for the Republic studios until 1951.


While closely coincident in time, the movie was entirely unrelated to the Sleepy Lagoon murder which led to the Zoot Suit Riots, nor to the song which lent its name to that incident.


The story deals with the travails of a newly elected female mayor, Judy Joyner (Canova), in a growing and mildly corrupt small town. Horror film actor Rondo Hatton had a bit part as "Hunchback."


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