Thrill of a Lifetime (film)

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Thrill of a Lifetime
Thrill of a Lifetime poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by George Archainbaud
Produced by William LeBaron
Screenplay by Seena Owen
Grant Garett
Paul Gerard Smith
Story bySeena Owen
Grant Garett
Starring James V. Kern
Charles Adler
George Kelly
Billy Mann
Judy Canova
Ben Blue
Eleanore Whitney
Music by Gordon Jenkins
John Leipold
Cinematography William C. Mellor
Edited by Doane Harrison
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • December 3, 1937 (1937-12-03)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States

Thrill of a Lifetime is a 1937 American comedy film directed by George Archainbaud and written by Seena Owen, Grant Garett and Paul Gerard Smith. The film stars James V. Kern, Charles Adler, George Kelly, Billy Mann -- at the time a musical-comedy act called the Yacht Club Boys -- along with Judy Canova, Ben Blue and Eleanore Whitney.


Betty Grable also is featured, and Dorothy Lamour makes a cameo appearance in the film. It was released on December 3, 1937, by Paramount Pictures. [1] [2]


The performing act of Betty Jane and Stanley, along with her colorful sister Judy, comes to Camp Romance, an island retreat run by "Howdy" Nelson, who offers unattached men and women a place to meet. Howdy's attractive secretary Gwen wants to get better acquainted with him.

Stanley wants to find a suitable romantic partner for Judy because, unbeknownst to her sister, a theatrical agent wants to book the act, provided Judy's not a part of it. Judy takes a shine to boat captain Skipper on the way to camp, where Stanley also bribes lifeguard Don into making a play for her.

After a case of mistaken identity ends up with the theatrical agent held against his will, the act entertains and Judy steals the show. They get the job, Judy gets Skipper and her new friend Gwen finally catches the eye of Howdy.


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