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Roseland (1930)

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A pretty dance hall girl is looking for the right guy.


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Complete credited cast:
Helen Leslie
Donald Cook ...
Jack (as Donn Cook)


Helen is a taxi dancer at Roseland, a Manhattan club. That night she plans to enter a singing contest Roseland is hosting on the radio. Her dad, a servant at a household where her boyfriend is the chauffeur, has been ill, so she stops by to see him where he works. While there, she sits with her beau in the back seat of the town car and drops her Roseland ID card, which Jack, the heir to the family fortune, finds on his way to town for the evening. He goes slumming at the Roseland to return the ID. He likes Helen at first sight, setting up a choice Helen may have to make between the wealthy Jack and the chauffeur. With that choice on her mind, she enters the contest. Written by <>

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Short | Musical





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September 1930 (USA)  »

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References Disraeli (1929) See more »


Telling It to the Daisies
Music by Harry Warren
First tune played at Roseland
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Astounding who you see in old movies..
16 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This short is very entertaining, if as nothing else than a time capsule. The car, the clothes, the hair styles, everything is exactly as it was then. It's a long way from our times, too, just notice the chauffeur and the doorman!! And working as a taxi dancer couldn't have been all that great either. However, the thing that astonished me the most was not Ruth Etting's singing, which I guess I expected to sound more like Doris Day, who played her in "Love me or Leave me". I don't mean it was bad, just different. But the thing that astonished me the most was seeing Marie Wilson, in a bit part as a taxi dancer, 20 years before she starred in "My Friend Irma". She is not credited, but you can't miss her. Her voice inflection is unmistakable, and oh, those big eyes! If you enjoy going back 75 years to see how things were, you would probably enjoy this short a lot.

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