Made just before America would be forced into the Second World War, this short subject is a brief dramatized history of American democracy. It targets a perceived threat to democracy from ... See full summary »
Betty Braley is being courted by several men. Although she seems to favor Terry Clayton, a seemingly carefree but poor man, her independent hotelier father Peter Braley wants her to marry a millionaire, namely Steve Alden. Betty goes along with her father's wishes and focuses her attentions on Steve's romantic advances. Betty's sister, Mary Jane Braley, wants to help Terry court Betty, by showing Betty what she's missing in Terry by making Betty jealous. In the process of Steve courting Betty, and Terry pretending to court Mary Jane, Steve and Betty do fall in love, and Terry and Mary Jane also fall in love. But Steve, Terry and Mr. Braley aren't all that they appear on the surface. Written by
Yours Sincerely is an abbreviated version of the Rodgers&Hart Broadway show Spring Is Here. I have to say that the Brothers Warner in this Vitagraph short got all the essential plot elements of the stage show and oddly enough more of the original score than they did when a feature film was made three years earlier by them.
The plot is light and frothy which was typical of most of the Broadway musicals of that era. One song from the show became a classic. With A Song In My Heart became better on noted for being identified with Jane Froman and became the title of her biographical picture.
With A Song In My Heart is sung here by Lanny Ross who was a fine singer of the era, but was known for having incredible stage fright. Performing before a live audience or a sound stage was torture for him. Radio and records were the salvation of his career.
These things were called Broadway Brevities and this is the second one of I've seen, the first was The Desert Song. This one I'm glad has been preserved.
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