Anita Ragusa, the daughter of a costume company owner, delivers a dress for a costume ball at the last minute. The snobbish customer doesn't like the design at first, but agrees to let ... See full summary »

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Anita Ragusa, the daughter of a costume company owner, delivers a dress for a costume ball at the last minute. The snobbish customer doesn't like the design at first, but agrees to let Anita model it for her to decide whether to keep it. Charlie, a drunk partygoer, sees Anita in the dress and invites her to attend the festivities. She reluctantly agrees and sings for the other guests. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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5 November 1932 (USA)  »

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Broadway Brevities (1932-1933 season) #5: A Modern Cinderella  »

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Vitaphone Production Reels #1460-1461. See more »

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Music by Harry Akst
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Painfully amateurish performance and uninspired singing by Ruth Etting...
2 May 2012 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

For me, the only strong point of the short was watching Brian Donlevy portray a drunk in way over-the-top fashion. He manages to provide the only point of interest in this insufferable take on the Cinderella story.

Vitaphone produced some really dated musical shorts in the '30s and this is certainly one that lacks a decent script. Much of the humor is today regarded as politically incorrect, particularly the overdone Italian accents and the drunken routines that are supposed to be very funny.

The only originality comes in the "mirror" scene with Etting seated before what looks like a huge TV screen (a mirror) gazing at the party and imagining herself as being introduced as a singer.

Her voice is small and tinny (thanks to the bad sound recording of the era), but it's her acting that is really atrocious. She sounds like a Brooklyn dame trying to sound high class and reading her lines with flat delivery. Nothing at all like the woman who would portray her much later on--Doris Day.

So much for Vitaphone and their Ruth Etting shorts. This has got to be one of the worst. The lifeless songs are no help.


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