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...
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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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Superb musical/satire - funny, melodic and fast-paced.
This is a gem of a film that deserves more recognition. It's both a musical (five songs) and a witty, snappy political satire. Sort of a combo of a Frank Capra approach and a Busby Berkeley syncopation. Dick Powell and Ann Dvorak are part of a stranded band who make some dough performing to bolster a governor want-to-be in his campaigning. Powell is so disingenuous that the crowds want him as governor, rather than the besotted candidate. So, on the wings of song, he campaigns. The screenplay is a winner with sharp and funny comments on political corruption and the easily swayed voting population. The sound is exceptionally good (It earned an Oscar nom) as is the Original Score. Fred Allen is marvelous as the con man band leader and Raymond Walburn is hilarious as the inebriated Judge Culliman. Patsy Kelly offers her usual wise-cracking support. The whole thing is a brilliant piece of movie making and very worth seeking out.
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