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However, the modern viewer has one strategic advantage over the viewer that saw this in the first-run. We're not trapped in the perspective of a 1938 movie-goer so we can enjoy the film for what it is - some great musical numbers with a little good comedy and a lot of silliness.
One thing I don't get. This film first appeared on DVD as part of the giant Hollywood Musicals Collection late in 2008.Read more ›
Hollywood producer Oliver Merlin (Adolphe Menjou) has convinced himself he needs someone to tell him honestly about the new movie he's working on, someone who will represent the big audience out there. On a location shoot he meets a young woman who fits the bill. She's Hazel Dawes (Andrea Leeds), gentle, sincere and honest. "I'm a producer of movies," he tells her. "I get my wagonloads of poets and dramatists, but I can't buy common sense. I cannot buy humanity!" "Well, I don't know why, Mr. Merlin. There's an awful lot of it," Hazel says. Merlin looks at her impatiently. "Yes, I know," he says, "but the moment I buy it, it turns into something else, usually genius, and it isn't worth a dime. Now, if you could stay just as simple as you are, you'd be invaluable to me. I'll put you on my staff. I'll give you a title, 'Miss Humanity.' Don't rush, you can finish your ice cream soda." Merlin brings her to Hollywood and consults her on everything from script changes to plot developments.Read more ›
There are three stars. Adolph Menjou plays a film director who stumbles upon an average country girl (Andrea Leeds) with many opinions about why films fail. He hires her to help him with his next picture and she agrees. In the process, he begins to fall for her, but she meets and falls for a crooning hamburger stand man (Kenny Baker) who she helps become a star in films. In the meantime, there is a frustrated accordian player, the outrageous Ritz Brothers who might as well be the singing version of The Three Stooges, and a strange ventriloquist. Leeds looks like Janet Gaynor and is as sweet as she is too. Baker sounds exactly like Dick Powell and the two sort of look alike too; it is eerie at times.
The musical numbers vary in style and in quality. Some are entertaining and some fall flat. There is a dance illustrating Romeo and Juliet between ballet and jazz dancers; it is strangely similar to West Side Story only this was made years earlier. There are several operatic scenes with "Traviata." There are a few extravagant dance sequences like one around a fountain. There is one very entertaining sequence about pussy cats done by the Ritz Brothers too.
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The Gershwin songs would have been the best thing about this film. Though we
do hear Love Walked In rather a lot, one of the others--sung by Ella Logan--is
scarcely there... Read more
Love Walked Right In and Our Love is here to stay are introduced in this movie. Reason enough to recommend it, but there are other features as well. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Erling Iverson
This movie is full of the stuff we watch musicals for! I have seen it several times, and get a real lilt from the performances!Published 24 months ago by J. Mayra
Samuel Goldwyn prided himself on creating some pretty impressive Technicolor extravaganzas in his day, usually loaded with a star-studded cast. Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by Randy E. Halford
Although this wouldn't make it if released today, the 1930s humor is special and makes you nostalgic for times before you were born.Published on July 6, 2013 by Michael Dalton
I only ordered this to hear Kenny Baker sing "loved walked in" , The film itself is very dated. There are 3 comedians that keep appearing in the film which are really very unfunny... Read morePublished on October 25, 2012 by gl
This is a classic 1930's montage musical with the same basic plot inherent in all that decade's films but with the tremendous advantage that it marked the last contribution of... Read morePublished on April 26, 2009 by Frida Fan
Being a RITZ BROTHERS fan I have the old 1998 HBO/Samual Goldwyn Home Video DVD of this movie, which doesn't look bad. Read morePublished on April 24, 2009 by Paul J. Mular