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
Fans of this delightful short ought to seek out the full musical treatment (sadly with little more music but one Broadway cast holdover) three years earlier of Rogers & Hart's Broadway musical, SPRING IS HERE . . . or at least the comments filed under that film's title.
The show actually registers slightly better in this abbreviated form since the Hollywood know-it-alls chose to omit so much of the theatre score in transferring the stage work to the big screen. The short preserves nearly all of the music and lyrics used in the full film(!) and the "Broadway Brevity" doesn't lose any essential parts of the screen story.
These Broadway Brevities are essential documents for any theatre historian in preserving a number of shows not otherwise recorded.
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