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Everybody Sing (1938)

Passed  -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  4 February 1938 (USA)
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Judy Bellaire, played by Judy Garland, is the center of trouble at her exclusive private and very conservative school. She is expelled when she starts singing in a Jazzy style in her music ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Ricky Saboni
Judy Bellaire
Olga Chekaloff
Hillary Bellaire
Diana Bellaire
Reginald Gardiner ...
Jerrold Hope
Lynne Carver ...
Sylvia Bellaire
Helen Troy ...
Hillary's Secretary
Monty Woolley ...
John Fleming
Adia Kuznetzoff ...
Henry Armetta ...
Signor Vittorino
Michelette Burani ...
Madame Le Brouchette
Mary Forbes ...
Miss Colvin


Judy Bellaire, played by Judy Garland, is the center of trouble at her exclusive private and very conservative school. She is expelled when she starts singing in a Jazzy style in her music class. Mayhem ensues as she returns home to her actress mother, playwright father, dysfunctional Russian maid (Fanny Brice) and tries out as a black face singer in a musical. Written by BerindaBear

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4 February 1938 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Lana Turner tested for Lynne Carver's role. See more »


When Judy Bellaire is escaping from the ship, she hides inside a container. Two workers place the container on the dock. Just before she opens the container lid to climb out, a second container appears just behind her. See more »


Hillary Bellaire: Olga!
Olga Chekaloff: All right, all right, I know, my cap's on crooked.
Hillary Bellaire: Good heavens, what next?
Olga Chekaloff: Meatballs!
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Featured in American Masters: Judy Garland: By Myself (2004) See more »


The Show Must Go On
Music by Bronislau Kaper (as Kaper) and Walter Jurmann (as Jurmann)
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Allan Jones (uncredited)
Danced by the chorus
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Great cast undone by poor writing and direction
31 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Movie fans who think great stars are enough to make a film great should see EVERYBODY SING. MGM threw together this vehicle for an assortment of wonderful performers they had under contract, but bad writing spoils it.

The following year the same studio would do everything right in THE WIZARD OF OZ, also with Garland and Burke, but here they do everything wrong. A stupid plot, bad dialog, and a director who doesn't know how to tone down veteran stage performers for the camera make for a shrill and charmless musical. Humor here consists of everybody yelling at each other, belting out third-rate songs and then reprising them. (Oh no! Here comes THAT lousy number again!)

Legendary stage and radio comedienne Fanny Brice's inexperience in films is painfully apparent. She gives a performance which would work on stage, but in camera close-up she comes across as hammy and annoying -- bugging her eyes, over-inflecting her lines, and making goofy faces.

Billie Burke, so funny and charming in THE WIZARD OF OZ and other films, is overbearing and shrieky here. Allan Jones, a handsome and likable young tenor, is wasted; in 1938, with operetta going out of style, the movie business no longer had a place for singers like him and Deanna Durbin.

The one reason to watch this is to witness the beginnings of the girl who the following year would blossom into the greatest musical performer in the history of film: Judy Garland. Even Judy is too loud and frantic here -- she's still Frances Gumm, vaudeville's "Little Miss Leatherlungs", with her mother hissing from the wings, "Louder, Frances! Smile, baby! Bat your eyes!!" But there are a few moments where Judy's musical phrasing or reading of a line take your breath away -- she's not yet the unique genius she would become, but she's getting there.

Garland fans should definitely see this, to see her in her "diamond in the rough" stage -- but you'll be in no hurry to see it again.

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