Calendar Girl 1947 NR CC

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At the turn of the 19th century at Miss Rich's boarding house, many young artists and performers have a temporary home while they try to achieve stardom in New York. Patricia O'Neil (Frazee) becomes involved in a romantic triangle after the wealthy artist next door Steve (Ellison) asks her to be his next model, which doesn't sit well with Patricia's current boyfriend, Byron (Baker), an aspiring composer. The stories of the other fascinating residents of the boarding house are included as interesting sub-plots, along with several wonderful musical numbers. A much better than average low budget musical.

Starring:
Jane Frazee, William Marshall
Runtime:
1 hour 24 minutes

Calendar Girl

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Product Details

Genres Romance, Musical
Director Allan Dwan
Starring Jane Frazee, William Marshall
Supporting actors Gail Patrick, Kenny Baker, Victor McLaglen, Irene Rich, James Ellison, Janet Martin, Franklin Pangborn, Gus Schilling, Charles Arnt, Lou Nova, Emory Parnell, Wanita Charles, Robert Cherry, Gino Corrado, Arvon Dale, William 'Wee Willie' Davis, Lloyd Ford, Earle Hodgins
Studio Reel Enterprises
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer on January 8, 2008
Format: DVD
The mid-Forties were a time of turn-of-the-century nostalgia by Hollywood studios and the ticket buyers. Provided the actors looked wholesome, the sets were elaborate and the songs appealing, a lot of tickets could be sold by showing an America that was simple, friendly and happy...and far away in time from WWII. Just think of Meet Me in St. Louis, Up in Central Park, The Dolly Sisters, The Shocking Miss Pilgrim, The Harvey Girls and Cover Girl. Republic Pictures, a B level studio if there ever was one, sent out Calendar Girl in 1947. It's an A effort from a B studio, but the final product, while looking good, suffers the same fate of so many movies from B studios...actors who look great and can't act.

It's Greenwich Village in 1900, and moving into a brownstone rooming house are two old friends, aspiring composer Johnny Bennett (William Marshall), big, blonde, poor and innocent, and aspiring artist Steve Adams (James Ellison), big, dark, wealthy and charming. The rooming house is filled with other artists and musicians, ranging from the almost perpetually unbilled Gus Schilling as a painter of horses who spends his time eating bananas and mumbling, to that reliable tenor Kenny Baker. The misunderstandings accumulate like single socks when Johnny and Steve both meet Patricia O'Neil (Jane Frazee), aspiring dancer and daughter of the local fire brigade chief played by Victor McLaglen. It's not long before both men find her special, with Johnny writing songs inspired by her and Steve, that devil, painting her portrait, then submitting it in a calendar competition by adding some leg. Spread liberally throughout the movie is the fireman's jamboree, Delmonico's, the brownstone's patio, a convivial beer garden and Steve and Johnny's rooms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ejaz on April 27, 2006
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I know that a lot of guys claim to "just not like musicials." But let me give you some advice - lots of women love musicials, especially the classics.

That's why I bought and ordered this movie and it did not disappoint at all. It is a very traditional hollywood musical complete with show tunes lavish sets and beautiful costumes.

I invited my girlfriend over, we put it in the DVD player and had a really nice evening and she was impressed that I wasn't making her watch another Die Hard movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jen on July 28, 2006
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This is the movie where the "Calendar Girl" song comes from and it's performed very well. It's a musical in the "Funny Girl" tradition and tells the story of a singer who just wants to get a break so he can make teh big time. Of course he does --- the point of the movie is just to see how he does it. There are enough twists and turns along the way, but the real point of this movie is the music - which is excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phil Muse on September 22, 2008
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The chance to see the vicaceous Jane Frazee in a workaday musical that combined Gay Nineties nostalgia with better production values that one usually expected from Republic Pictures sixty years ago, make this musical comedy worth watching. Gail Patrick and Victor McLaglen are in good form, too, and old pro Allan Dwan kept the picture moving along so smartly, it seems shorter than its 86 minutes. Not a classic, but you could do worse for something to pass the time. Visual and sound quality make it very watchable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hillary Gilligan on May 2, 2006
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"`Calendar Girl' has a wonderfully constructed story, and I found it immensely entertaining. It has all the trimmings of musicals at their very best. I really loved the idyllic Broadway feel of this exuberant movie. This beautiful vintage movie overflows with life."
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