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Entertainers enter a political rally to get out of the rain and become part of the show. One of them (Powell) gives a speech in place of the besotted candidate (Walburn) and is chosen to be the candidate by backers he later exposes as crooks. Written by
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Dick Powell sings "Thanks a Million" in this 1935 film also starring Fred Allen, Ann Dvorak, Patsy Kelly and Paul Whiteman and his band. A group of stranded entertainers find work performing during political rallies. When the candidate shows up drunk, Powell pinch-hits for him, and the party machine decides to make him their candidate for governor.
This ridiculous premise gets wonderful, satiric treatment from director Roy del Ruth, and the songs are wonderful. Powell sings what became a hit for him, "Thanks a Million," as well as "Sittin' on a Hilltop" and "A Pocket Full of Sunshine." Ann Dvorak and Patsy Kelly dance and sing to "Sugar Plum." They're all absolutely delightful. Powell's acting is charismatic, his voice charming, and who would have ever guessed that under all that juvenile sweetness there was a tough actor and an excellent producer waiting to emerge.
The film pokes great fun at local government, and Fred Allen and Patsy Kelly keep the jokes going. A look back and more innocent times at a film that hopefully lifted some people out of doldrums when they saw it.
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