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If I Had My Way (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 26 April 1940 (USA)
When a fellow bridge builder is killed in an accident, two of his co-workers bring his now orphaned daughter to New York to be adopted by relatives.

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Buzz Blackwell
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Patricia Johnson
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Joe Johnson
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Axel Swenson
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Jarvis Johnson
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Brenda Johnson
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Mr. Blair
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Marian Johnson
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Fred Johnson
Kathryn Adams ...
Miss Corbett
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Bridge construction worker Fred Johnson is raising his twelve year old daughter after his wife's death, but when he is killed suddenly in an accident, responsibility falls to his two friends, Buzz Blackwell and Axel Swenson. They bring young Pat to New York, but are given the brush by Fred's well-to-do brother and his socialite wife. They end up making contact with her elderly great-uncle, an unsuccessful vaudevillian, and his wife, who are only too happy to raise the youngster. Unfortunately the money that would make that possible is used by Axel to buy a failing Swedish restaurant drowning in red ink. In order to salvage their investment, Buzz comes up with a novel idea. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Comedy | Musical

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26 April 1940 (USA)  »

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Petite et charmante  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Marian Johnson: Buzz is right. Who wants to sit in a Swedish garden?
Axel Swenson: Swedes!
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Soundtracks

April Played the Fiddle
(uncredited)
by James V. Monaco and Johnny Burke
Sung by Bing Crosby and Six Hits and a Miss
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A predictable story with some memorable songs.
27 July 2004 | by (Huntingdon Valley, Pa. USA) – See all my reviews

This Bing Crosby and Gloria Jean film is both predictable and somewhat sappy. However the musical numbers more than make up for the contrived plot. The title song, "If I Had My Way" written by James Kendis (the composer of "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles") was the highlight of the movie. This song has been recorded numerous times by Frank Sinatra, The Mills Brothers, Kate Smith and most recently by Willie Nelson. Crosby's version was beautifully done as he sang to Gloria Jean. Gloria Jean was a beautiful 12 year old. She went on to make many B films. Bing Crosby recorded the title song on many albums. His deep, rich voice on the film version is one of his best efforts. The supporting cast added some comedy to the plot. A film well worth viewing from 64 years ago.


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