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Here Comes Elmer

Here Comes Elmer(1943)

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Here Comes Elmer marked popular radio performer Al Pearce's first appearance as a film actor. Pearce and His Gang first appeared in the 1937 Republic film The Hit Parade, but they were featured only as one of a number of radio musical acts (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.1934). According to an April 18, 1944 Hollywood Reporter news item, Republic intended to star Pearce in three more pictures in which he would play his popular radio character, "Elmer Blurt." The news item stated that the contract was in response to "exhibitor enthusiasm all over the country" for Here Comes Elmer. Although Pearce did star in several more productions for Republic, he did not play Elmer in any of the later films.