Popular songwriter Oliver Courtney has been getting by for years using one ghost writer for his music and another for his lyrics. When both writers meet at an inn, they fall in love and ... See full summary »
Tommy Williams desperately wants to get to Broadway, but as he is only singing in a spaghetti house for tips he is a long way off. He meets Penny Morris, herself no mean singer, and through... See full summary »
Captain Henri Rochard is a French officer assigned to work with Lieut. Catherine Gates. Through a wacky series of misadventures, they fall in love and marry. When the war ends, Capt. ... See full summary »
The fictionalized biography of composer Cole Porter from his days at Yale in the 1910s through the height of his success to the 1940s. The film's attempted biography matches many public ... See full summary »
Jed Potter looks back on a love triangle conducted over the course of years and between musical numbers. Dancer Jed loves showgirl Mary, who loves compulsive nightclub-opener Johnny, who ... See full summary »
A young city girl from a poor family is invited to spend the summer at a camp for girls from wealthy families. At first made fun of and ridiculed because of her background, she determines ... See full summary »
A remake of Robert Montgomery's 1934 hit Hide-Out, this superb film directed by Robert B. Sinclair (known for his classic Broadway productions of The Philadelphia Story, Dodsworth and Pride... See full summary »
Robert B. Sinclair
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
[Breaking the news of her father's death to Pat]
Honey, you've been around men like us since you were a baby. You're grown up now, and that's the way I'm going to talk to you. Every job like this has to be paid for , not only in money, but in men. It seems like a high price but not when you remember that a man who loses his life in work like ours is just as much of a hero as a soldier on the battlefield - except that soldiers have to die destroying things, and we die building them.
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During the last few days, I've seen quite a few musicals. And, I am about to say something you may think is a bit crazy--I enjoyed the VERY formulaic "If I Had My Way" far more than some of the big-name musicals from MGM which were made a few years later. Even though "If I Had My Way" didn't have the hit songs and most of the cast consisted of second-string actors since the film was by a second-string studio at the time--Universal. That's because despite the lower budget, the film did one thing that many musicals forget--it made me smile.
The film begins with Bing Crosby's friend dying and the friend's daughter (Gloria Jean) being placed in his temporary custody. Bing then takes the child to her family, but her uncle (Allyn Joslyn) is a total butt-head and wants nothing to do with the kid--even if it is family and even though he's rich! Nice guy, huh?! Instead, he looks for the child's great-uncle (Charles Winninger) and the man is willing to help BUT he's poor. So, Bing, his DOPEY Scandinavian friend (Ed Brendel) and Winninger decide to try to care for the child together. But, this doesn't take care of how to pay for this...as well as the debt-laden restaurant the dopey friend buys. Can they somehow make a go of it...even with almost no resources and just a lot of good 'ol American spunk?! Enjoyable from start to finish, the songs are light and fun and the characters very enjoyable. The only problem in the film is a TINY bit where we see a famous minstrel act (Eddie Leonard)!! Uggh! My advice is to try to speed past this...or take a quick bathroom break during this dreadful and racist act.
Eddie Leonard and his minstrel act....UGGH!!!
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