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Roseland (1930)

 -  Short | Musical  -  September 1930 (USA)
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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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Let Me Sing and I'm Happy
Written by Irving Berlin
Sung by Ruth Etting
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No Ten Cents A Dance?
9 February 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I'm guessing that Jack Warner did not want to lay out the bucks to pay for the song Ten Cents A Dance for Ruth Etting to leave for posterity. The same year as this short subject came out, Etting made that Rodgers&Hart song a classic on Broadway in Simple Simon. It seems bizarre to me that the song she made such a hit about a dime a dance girl would not be in a short subject where she plays one. A year later Barbara Stanwyck for Columbia starred in a film entitled Ten Cents A Dance.

Had she done her hit record in this film I might have rated it a notch higher. As it is the chance to hear and see Ruth Etting should not be missed. Her numbers Dancing With Tears In My Eyes and Let Me Sing And I'm Happy. The latter Jack Warner did own it being introduced by Al Jolson in Mammy which was a Warner Brothers film.

Roseland has a basic triangle plot involving Ruth a dance hall girl at Roseland, her boyfriend Jimmy Granger who works as a chauffeur and Donald Cook the guy Granger chauffeurs.

Other than Etting's singing, nothing terribly special about Roseland.

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