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Music Is Magic (1935)

Aging star (Daniels) finally recognizes the truth when she is replaced in her new movie by a girl from the chorus (Faye).



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Complete credited cast:
Ray Walker ...
Jack Lambert
Diane De Valle
Frank Mitchell ...
Peanuts Harper (as Mitchell and Durant)
Eddie Harper (as Mitchell and Durant)
Shirley De Valle
Tony Bennett
Andrew Tombes ...
Ben Pomeroy
Señor Castellano - Cafe Proprietor
Hattie (Amanda in credits) (as Hattie McDaniels)


Vaudevillians supporting the musical efforts of aging Hollywood star Diane de Valle decide to head for Tinseltown themselves when de Valle's high salary and low drawing power cancel the revue. Managing to land roles in a de Valle musical movie, perky Peggy is rescued from the chorus line by the tricks of her boyfriend Jack, who uses bravado to usurp de Valle's role in favor of Peggy, who is more suited to the bouncy musical. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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hollywood | based on play | See All (2) »


She went to Hollywood to be a star...and soft-soaped her way into a laundry job...till opportunity knocked, and in walker fame, love and laughter (original poster) See more »


Drama | Musical





Release Date:

1 November 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Mágica da Música  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Of Alice Faye's 35 film appearances between 1934-78, this was the first of two not given a contemporary New York Times review. The second picture was Every Girl Should Have One (1978). See more »


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Alice&Bebe Are Magic
14 April 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although this film was to feature Fox Film's rising star Alice Faye, the film is stolen by Bebe Daniels who plays a very vain film star who refuses to transition with age into older roles. In fact she's guilty of one piece of unbelievable vanity which I won't tell, but it's a masquerade the paparazzi would never let anyone get away with today.

Alice is part of a trio that also includes comics Frank Mitchell and Jack Durant, but they concede she's the real heart of the act. Still that doesn't mean they haven't a long way to climb up the heights of Hollywood. The film is about their effort to do so.

The title of the film is also the title of the film within the film that Daniels is starring in and that Faye is part of the chorus. It's also the title of the song that Daniels is stinking up the screen by doing it in operetta style. Alice who recorded the song in her brief stint on vinyl does a whole lot better.

Bebe Daniels must have been a person of generous spirit to allow herself to play a part where she gets some rough going. This was her last American production. Right after this was done, Bebe followed her husband Ben Lyons over across the pond where they became the most popular expatriate couple that the United Kingdom knew and loved for over 30 years.

Faye's in good voice and does well, but Daniels really steals the show. Also Hattie McDaniel is there as another ego deflating maid.

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