Bob Gordon is staging a new Broadway Show, but he is short of money. He gets an offer of money by the young widow Lilian, if she can dance in his new show. Bert Keeler, a paper man, gets ... See full summary »
Bob Gordon is staging a new Broadway Show, but he is short of money. He gets an offer of money by the young widow Lilian, if she can dance in his new show. Bert Keeler, a paper man, gets this information and is writing about this in his column in an slight unfriendly way. Gordon's old class mate Irene Forster, a tap dancer from Albany also tries to get the leading role in this show, but Lilian insists in getting this part herself. So Irene Forster, Bert Keeler and Gordon's secretary Kitty start a little game to get Irene the leading role. Written by
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Something was very different in the making of this 1936 musical. Robert Taylor actually does some singing here and he isn't bad at all.
Eleanor Powell shines as his girlfriend from Albany coming to the Great White Way to get into show business.
Jack Benny is absolutely wonderful as the gossip columnist who needs a change of pace from reporting baby births. He comes up with a beauty of a story. His assistant, Phil Silvers, steals the show.
With it all, it's still Powell's picture as the Broadway seeking gal with her fabulous take off of Paris bomb shell Arlette.
O that Broadway rhythm! The dances are marvelously staged and as it's 1936, the cast is young and shines.
The under-rated Una Merkel is great as Taylor's secretary whose up to her ears with the plot to get Powell as Arlette to impress Taylor. Imagine, Merkel would have to wait 25 years after this film to secure a supporting Oscar nomination as Geraldine Page's hopelessly addicted mother in "Summer and Smoke."
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