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28 February 1930 (USA) See more »
A tunesmith, a user and an out-and-out heel, puts the stories of his broken romances into song, turning old love letters into lyrics... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Kaley ... Roy
Ethelind Terry ... Ardis

Marion Shilling ... Nancy

Cliff Edwards ... Joe

Gwen Lee ... Bessie

Benny Rubin ... Phil
Drew Demorest ... Edwards
Jack Byron ... Mr. Millaire (as John Byron)
Rita Flynn ... Red Head
Hazel Craven ... Blondie

Gino Corrado ... Riccardi
Pauline Paquette ... Marie (as Pauline Paquet)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Iris Adrian ... Lady In The Audience (uncredited)

Jack Benny ... Voice on Radio (uncredited)

Mary Doran ... Roy's Ex-Sweetheart (uncredited)

Ann Dvorak ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Bill Elliott ... Party-Goer (uncredited)
Jack Harvey ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Song Publisher (uncredited)

Virginia Sale ... Flirty Dowager (uncredited)

Larry Steers ... Larry - Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)

Directed by
Harry Beaumont 
William Nigh 
Writing credits
Nell Martin (from the novel by)

Crane Wilbur (dialogue continuity) and
Willard Mack (dialogue continuity)

Cinematography by
Henry Sharp (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Anne Bauchens (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording engineer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Cox .... wardrobe
Music Department
Nacio Herb Brown .... music by
Arthur Freed .... lyrics by
Dimitri Tiomkin .... ballet music
Other crew
Sammy Lee .... dances staged by
Albertina Rasch .... ballet stager (as Madame Albertina Rasch)
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80 min | USA:77 min (Turner library print)
Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor) (two sequences)
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Two musical sequences, totaling 878 feet, were filmed in 2-strip Technicolor, and occur in Reels #4 & #6, and survive in the TCM print. The first number, The Woman in the Shoe, was re-used in Nertsery Rhymes (1933) and the second number, Blue Daughter of Heaven, was re-used in Roast-Beef and Movies (1934).See more »
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Edited into Nertsery Rhymes (1933)See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Much better than its reputation, 31 January 2010
Author: calvinnme from United States

I watched this film expecting it to be quite bad, so I was pleasantly surprised at its quality. The film is about Roy Erskine (Charles Kaley), by night a singer and piano player at a café, and by day a songwriter. He uses women and then discards them, using the experience of breaking their hearts as material for songs. He gets a break after vaudeville singer Joe Lundeen (Cliff Edwards) sings one of his songs in his show and invites Roy to be part of the act. This is followed by some records, and pretty soon Roy has hit the big time. Through it all Roy is loved secretly by the girl who transcribed his first hit song, Nancy Clover, who is also part of the vaudeville act. However, Roy does eventually fall hard for a woman who turns out be more than his match in the user department.

There is some good music in this one including two attractive Technicolor numbers - "Blue Daughter of Heaven" and "The Old Woman in the Shoe". "Should I", featured in "Singin in the Rain" is performed a couple of times including once by Charles Kaley. "The Japanese Sandman" is not sung in its entirety, but it's a quite catchy jazz tune as performed by Cliff Edwards. There are several other good tunes, mainly written by songwriting team Herb Nacio Brown and Arthur Freed. With good direction, a compelling plot, good music, and competent acting what went wrong? Why did this film flop at the box office?

The main problem with this film, and probably the reason that it flopped, is that the biggest star in it is Cliff Edwards (Ukelele Ike), and he is just a supporting player. William Haines was originally slated as the lead, but he thought playing such a despicable character as Roy Erskine would hurt his film career, so he declined. So, instead, MGM cast a tuneful Haines look-alike, Charles Kaley. Unfortunately, the resemblance ends there. Haines' characters could behave obnoxiously in his films and still get the audience to root for him because you felt that, beneath the facade, there was a good man just waiting to get out, and by the end of the picture that good man never failed to appear. However, in Kaley's depiction of harmonious heel Roy Erskine you feel that what you see is what you get, and never expect him to redeem himself. This was Kaley's only film at MGM. He was only in three other films, all of those at poverty row studios, and as far as I know all three of those films are lost.

If you like the early talking films and musicals, I highly recommend this one. It's been well preserved and both the video and audio are clear on the copy I've seen.

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