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The film was a smash hit in 1937, noted for its art deco sets and its sheer entertainment. Faye fans will be disappointed that her part is not bigger but she pairs beautifully with Jack Haley and her overwhelming personal charm dominates every scene in which she appears. She was a star rapidly moving to the top.
The songs are great too. Haley is dubbed by the smooth vocals of Buddy Clark and Faye has 2 big hits - the bright title song always associated with her and the torchy classic "There's a Lull in my life" subsequently recorded by many famous songstresses. Besides the aforementioned feud, the story tells of Haley's travails to overcome "mike fright," a psychological ailment when someone freezes at the microphone from sheer terror. It is very funny.
The DVD has been issued under the Fox Cinema Archives collection which means it is bare bones - not even a scene selection - and expensive. For that reason, it does not earn 5 stars. A pity too because this film could easily warrant some worthwhile extras informing the modern viewer about all the performers, well known names in their day, and its importance to the bottom line of 20th Century Fox as it emerged into a bigtime studio. At least the print is first rate.
As part of the Fox Cinemas Archives series, the DVD is strictly bare bones: no chapters, no trailer, no commentaries, no extras of any kind - just the movie.
I want to mention that the film really belongs to fifth billed Jack Haley (although two non actors have the lead parts - bandleader Ben Bernie and newspaper columnist Walter Winchell). Jack plays a former singing vaudevillian who wants to transition to the radio but has "mike-fright" and freezes before a microphone. Don't expect the familiar "Tin Man from Oz" singing voice (his real voice) to come out of Jack -for this film, his voice was dubbed by some crooner. Haley does a good job lip-syncing but still, it's not the voice you expect to hear.
I also want to mention that the person who wrote the plot description on the back of the DVD box obviously didn't watch the film. It reads: "As Walter Winchell feuds with bandleader Ben Bernie, a young singer in Ben's band falls in love". Well, neither Alice Faye nor Jack Haley are singers with his band! Alice is a radio program host and Jack is the vaudevillian who temporarily works at the radio center as a guide while trying to cure his phobia.
But this is a gem. Buy and enjoy.
one of Alice's all-time hits: "There's a Lull in My Life." With fast-talking columnist Walter Winchell, band leader Ben Bernie (engaging in a "feud" to find "The Phantom Troubador"), Jack Haley, who has a bad case of "mike fright," Patsy Kelly as his sister, Winchell's "Gal Friday," growling Ned Sparks, Walter Catlett, the Condos Brothers dancing while sitting down (their specialty) and Joan Davis in a hilarious dance routine near the end of the picture. I LOVE this movie! It's a time capsule of 1930s entertainment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cute songs plot normal for this period. I enjoyed but I would say not for everyone.Published 23 months ago by wcook48
I saw this film as a teenager in Alexandria, Egypt, in the thirties and I was delighted to find it available as a DVD. It brought back fond memories.Published on February 20, 2014 by A. Kitroeff
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