Bill Benson and Ted Adams are to appear in a Broadway show together and, while in Paris, each 'discovers' the perfect leading lady for the plum female role. Each promises the prize role to ... See full summary »
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
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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