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On the Avenue (1937)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Blake
Madeleine Carroll ...
Mimi Caraway
Mona Merrick
The Ritz Brothers ...
The Ritz Brothers (as Ritz Brothers)
Al Ritz ...
One of The Ritz Brothers
Jimmy Ritz ...
One of The Ritz Brothers
Harry Ritz ...
One of The Ritz Brothers
George Barbier ...
Commodore Caraway
Frederick Sims
Cora Witherspoon ...
Aunt Fritz
Walter Catlett ...
Jake Dibble
Eddie Eads
Miss Katz
Stepin Fetchit ...
Sig Ruman ...
Herr Hanfstangel (as Sig Rumann)


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 <>

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Release Date:

12 February 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

On the Avenue  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Despite introducing three Irving Berlin classics ("This Year's Kisses," "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" with Dick Powell, and "Slumming on Park Avenue," followed by The Ritz Brothers in drag), Alice Faye, already well established in screen musicals, received only third billing, below the film title. Mr. Powell and non-vocalizing Madeline Carroll placed above Miss Faye. See more »


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 »


Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »


I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
(1937) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Played during Mimi's visit to Gary's dressing room
Sung by Dick Powell and Alice Faye in the show
Reprised as dance music at Tony's Restaurant
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Berlin makes it
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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