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On the Avenue (1937)

Approved  |   |  Musical, Comedy, Romance  |  12 February 1937 (USA)
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Broadway producer satirizes an important New York family. The family sues but their daughter falls in love with producer.

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Mimi Caraway
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Mona Merrick
The Ritz Brothers ...
Themselves (as Ritz Brothers)
George Barbier ...
Commodore Caraway
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Frederick Sims
Cora Witherspoon ...
Aunt Fritz
Walter Catlett ...
Jake Dibble
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Eddie Eads
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Miss Katz
Stepin Fetchit ...
Herman
Sig Ruman ...
Herr Hanfstangel (as Sig Rumann)
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Joe Papaloupas
E.E. Clive ...
Cabby
Douglas Wood ...
Mr. Trivet
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Storyline

A new Broadway show starring Gary Blake shamelessly lampoons the rich Carraway family. To get her own back, daughter Mimi sets out to ensnare Blake, but the courtship is soon for real, to the annoyance of his co-star, hoofing chanteuse Mona Merrick. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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12 February 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Avenida dos Milhões  »

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Trivia

Remade as "Let's Make Love" (1960) but with the genders of the leads reversed: Marilyn Monroe played Dick Powell's role and Yves Montand played Madeleine Carroll's. See more »

Goofs

In his third and final scene, actor Stepin Fetchit tells Dick Powell that Mimi is on the phone. His character name is Herman, but Powell says "Thanks Step." See more »

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Remade as Let's Make Love (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

You're Laughing at Me
(1937) (uncredited)
(Partly written in 1927)
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Sung by Dick Powell with the studio orchestra
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10 September 2013 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Silly backstage story with a beautiful but uninteresting leading lady in Madeleine Carroll, this 20th Century Fox musical is buoyed by a couple of happy factors: third-billed Alice Faye, in the last of her kewpie-doll roles (after this she was always a noble leading lady, and arguably less interesting), and an excellent Irving Berlin score. Berlin had his pulse on pop music of the times like nobody else, and he delivers sumptuous ballads, rhythm numbers, and social satire from a seemingly bottomless bag of inspiration. Dick Powell, stuck with playing the sort of insipid roles he hated at Warners, doesn't seem that happy, and Cora Witherspoon, as Carroll's dotty aunt, dithers in a part that almost certainly was designed for Alice Brady. But Faye's "This Year's Kisses" and "Slumming on Park Avenue" are fabulous, and the Ritz Brothers, while nobody's favorite comedy team, are well used. It's fast and unpretentious, and rest assured, another good Berlin tune is always coming up.


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