Ukuleles in the movies - PART 2

18 Jan 2011

Ukuleles in the movies - PART 2

Continuing my series about ukulele appearances in famous movies!


the jerk

Navin is an idiot. He grew up in Mississippi as adopted son of a black family but on his 18th birthday he feels he wants to discover the rest of the world and sets out to St. Louis. There everyone exploits his naivety, but then a simple invention brings him a fortune.

Ukulele moment - The classic scene on the beach where Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters sing together, with the ukulele, the wonderful song "Tonight You Belong To Me".  It wasn't actually Steve Martin playing in the movie, which I find strange as he is a musician.  The ukulele was overdubbed and played by Lyle Ritz

IMDB Link - The Jerk


mixed nuts

Philip runs a crisis hotline with Catherine and Mrs Munchnik. That's the easy part, now it gets tricky... Stanley loves evicting people and he evicts Philip. Philip loves helping people and he is loved by Catherine. Catherine is loved by Louie who loves writing songs. Chris loves dancing to songs and loves to wear large dresses. Gracie also loves to wear large dresses because she's pregnant. She loves the baby's father, Felix, who loves to paint. That just leaves Mrs. Munchnik who hasn't been loved by anybody in a very long time.

Ukulele moment - another Steve Martin movie, but in this one, it's Adam Sandler ( a ukulele player in real life) who plays Louie, the guy who loves writing songs and playing his ukulele.

IMDB Link - Mixed Nuts


purple rose of cairo

Cecilia is a waitress in New Jersey during the Depression and is searching for an escape from her dreary life. Tom Baxter is a dashing young archaeologist in the film "The Purple Rose of Cairo." After losing her job Cecilia goes to see the film in hopes of raising her spirits. Much to her surprise Tom Baxter walks off the screen and into her life. There's only one problem..Tom isn't real. Meanwhile Hollywood is up in arms when they dicover that other Tom Baxters are trying to leave the screen in other theatres. Will Tom ever return and finish the film or will he decide to stay in the real world?

Ukulele moment - Mia Farrow as Cecilia, the ukulele playing waitress

IMDB link - Purple Rose Of Cairo



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