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An Angel from Texas (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 27 April 1940 (USA)
Stage struck Lydia Weston leaves her small Texas town for Broadway. Left behind is her steady beau Peter. Lydia sends letters and news clippings back home telling everyone she's now a big ... See full summary »

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Stage struck Lydia Weston leaves her small Texas town for Broadway. Left behind is her steady beau Peter. Lydia sends letters and news clippings back home telling everyone she's now a big star. Peter soon heads to New York to surprise her, but instead he gets the surprise when he learns Lydia has no job and is broke. The pair soon get involved with a couple of phony producers who con Peter into backing their play with Lydia in the lead. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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"The Butter and Egg Man" opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 23 September 1925 and closed in April 1926 after 243 performances. The opening night cast included Tom Fadden, Robert Middlemass and Harry Stubbs. See more »

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Version of Dance Charlie Dance (1937) See more »

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Der Erlkönig
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Music by Franz Schubert
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A Play So Bad It's A Smash. Hmmm. Sounds Familiar
26 September 2005 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Eddie Albert follows his sweetheart from Texas to Manhattan. She wants to be a great star, a la Madame Cornell. He is not interested in the stage but crafty producers Morris and Reagan talk him into becoming the title character.

All the above give it their very best. Albert is a truly appealing, underrated performer and he is charming here. In addition, Jane Wyman is hilarious as one of the producer's wife who gets in on the act. When we first see her she is wearing a geometrically shaped hat, like those worn by Irene Dunne when she was playing chic and not frumpy. But this hat is covered in spangles. The hat alone is worth talking a look.

Ruth Terry is also very entertaining as the diva originally hired to play the lead in the play. One big question, regarding her and her cronies' tenacity, is whether or not there were any other plays on Broadway at the time this takes place. The play is not the greatest and her attachment to it is peculiar.

The rest -- Well, no giving away the plot. Suffice it to say that "Curtain Call" does something quite similar and is as stylish, funny, and polished as this is increasingly desperate and ramshackle.


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