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Artist Jimmy Hudson (Cary Grant) is stuck in Mexico unable to pay his hotel bill. Meanwhile, Louise Fuller (Grace Moore) opera singer is stuck in the same town unable to return to the US due to visa problems. The solution, Hudson agrees to marry Fuller, in return for which she pays him $2,000, which allows her to return to New York to resume her opera career. Hudson and Fuller continue to meet and trade barbs, but it clear they are falling for each other. A highlight is when Fuller joins a 5 piece band to sing "Minnie the Moocher", the Cab Calloway signature number. True love appears to be thwarted by Fuller's career obligations and divorce papers are exchanged. But in the end love is triumphant! Written by
Louise Brooks was originally cast as the leading lady. But after several spats with Columbia Pictures chief Harry Cohn, she was abruptly replaced by Grace Moore and the picture was retooled as a musical comedy. Brooks can be glimpsed (uncredited) doing a specialty turn as a ballet dancer in one of the musical numbers. See more »
I quite enjoyed this as something to watch in the afternoon with a cup of tea and a biscuit. This makes me sound about 110 but I'm only just over 40 LOL Nice story - I've got Skyplus so I could fast forward over the horrible singing. The Opera Star's side kick was definitely the best part of the film, she was smart and the screen lit up whenever she was in a scene.
But in the scene where all the kids come down from the Music School upstairs to listen at the feet of the 'Queen' - was that Shirley Temple or not? It looked like her to me, did they have look alikes in those days? Not something to watch if there's anything good on instead.
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