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If I Had My Way (1940)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  26 April 1940 (USA)
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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
Charles Winninger ...
Joe Johnson
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Axel Swenson
Allyn Joslyn ...
Jarvis Johnson
Claire Dodd ...
Brenda Johnson
Moroni Olsen ...
Mr. Blair
Nana Bryant ...
Marian Johnson
Donald Woods ...
Fred Johnson
Kathryn Adams ...
Miss Corbett
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Grace Hamilton ...
Grace La Rue
Eddie Leonard ...
Eddie Leonard
Six Hits and a Miss ...
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Storyline

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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26 April 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Petite et charmante  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Buzz Blackwell: [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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April Played the Fiddle
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by James V. Monaco and Johnny Burke
Sung by Bing Crosby and Six Hits and a Miss
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Formulaic but fun!
2 October 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

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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