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Molly and Bee, sweet young 'working girls,' live in a cheap room over a New York grocery store. Molly's idol, wealthy Jack Cromwell, lives in a Long Island mansion but is markedly less happy, since his fiancée Jane won't discourage her other admirers. Fleeing in his car, Jack ends up in an urban block party where he meets you-know-who. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The screen's first original all talking, singing, dancing musical comedy. (Posters).

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This is the first film in which Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell sang in both their careers. See more »

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When Janet Gaynor go back to New York, crying, she forgot El Brendon's character's name and said twice "Oh El", instead of "Oh Eric" See more »

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Molly Carr: Hey, Eric, how old is this beer?
Eric Swenson: As old as it's gonna get.
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Referenced in The Best Things in Life Are Free (1956) See more »

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IF I HAD A TALKING PICTURE OF YOU
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown
Sung by Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor with child chorus
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one of the best early musicals...
15 November 1999 | by (Albany NY, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a unique film in the history of musicals. Neither of the leads can sing; most of the dancing, whether by the stars or chorus girls, is rudimentary at best; the story is a familiar litany of 1920's stage cliches, and was dated almost immediately. Yet, it is utterly charming and effective. Part of this has to do with the appealing cast (particularly Janet Gaynor), but most of the credit goes to songwriter/producers DeSylva Brown & Henderson, and director David Butler. The music is integrated into the story in a dramatically sophisticated and cinematically daring way. The production number "Turn On the Heat" is, conceptually, a model for what Busby Berkeley would do in the 1930's.

If your only exposure to early musicals is that award-winning dud "The Broadway Melody", check out "Sunny Side Up" (or, for that matter, "The Love Parade"). You'll be pleasantly surprised.


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