Opening with a credit line that reads "Entire production conceived, created and directed by George White," a film evolves where the only plot line is a thin backstage romance between Jimmy ... See full summary »
Opening with a credit line that reads "Entire production conceived, created and directed by George White," a film evolves where the only plot line is a thin backstage romance between Jimmy Martin and Kitty Donnelly in and around a dozen or more sketches, revues, black-outs and singing and dancing turns. Made before the birth of the production code, reviewers of the day found much to object about in the implications of Alice Faye's "Nasty Man" song with the Meglin Kiddies, and the dog action in the "Your Dog Loves My Dog" number by Vallee, Faye, Jimmy Durante and Dixie Dunbar. The geometric dance arrangements used in the Vallee, Durante and Cliff Edwards "Every Day Is Father's Day" was not cause for Busby Berkeley to lose any sleep. Written by
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Eighteen-year-old Alice Faye, the female vocalist with Rudy Vallee and His Connecticut Yankees, was slated to make her screen debut in a featured spot. Then in a Hollywood fantasy come to life, Lilian Harvey, a musical favorite of European moviegoers, decided that the female lead was rather secondary and withdrew from the film. Enter Alice, at Rudy Vallee's suggestion, to fill Miss Harvey's shoes. Billed third after Mr. Vallee and Jimmy Durante, Miss Faye was bestowed with a saucy hit song, "Nasty Man" (music by Ray Henderson, lyrics by Irving Caesar and Jack Yellen), followed quickly by a movie contract with Fox. See more »
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What a wacky funny glitzy mega musical from Fox in early 1934. The WB-Busby Berkeley films sure spawned major studio competition to out style each other with with glamor and dance, and this revue movie with a terrific cast is a genuine big musical event. Paramount already had the awesome MURDER AT THE VANITIES and Universal unleashed their hideous MOONLIGHT AND PRETZELS and MGM ran up DANCING LADY. So GEORGE WHITE'S SCANDALS is another Wonderbar/King Of Jazz nightclub theater revue of styled steppin' and pre code naughtiness. Gorgeous 18 year old Alice Faye in her big debut is a star on the spot, Spunky 16 year old Dixie Dunbar sings up a storm with Ukulele Ike and they add Jimmy Durante for raucous comedy blather. All very funny and often inventively spectacular ...and with a ghastly black-face number poking fun at Jolson's Going To Heaven On A Mule number from WONDERBAR. There is enough faux Berkeley spangle and angle and clever special effects to keep anyone like me who loves this deco pre code musical period happy. There is a bouncing ball song using showgirls instead of a ball, a terrific "You Nasty Man' song of rude lyrics, and even a tiny tot Mae West gig with a 5 year old Shirley Temple in the chorus. Mad fun and very lavish, this is a good scandal (even a dog act!) and easily explains why there was a 1935 and 1945 sequel.
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