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Songwriters Calhoun and Harrigan get Katie and Lily Blane to introduce a new one. Lily goes to England, and Katy joins her after the boys give a new song to Nora Bayes. All are reunited ... See full summary »

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Katie Blane
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Lily Blane
Jack Oakie ...
Harry Calhoun
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Skeets Harrigan
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Casey
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Nora Bayes
The Nicholas Brothers ...
Dance Specialty
Ben Carter ...
Boy
John Loder ...
Reggie Carstair
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Joe Codd
Fred Keating ...
Harvey Raymond
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Sheik
Lillian Porter ...
Telephone Operator
Princess Vanessa Ammon ...
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The Brian Sisters ...
Specialty (as Brian Sisters)
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Songwriters Calhoun and Harrigan get Katie and Lily Blane to introduce a new one. Lily goes to England, and Katy joins her after the boys give a new song to Nora Bayes. All are reunited when the boys, now in the army, show up in England. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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29 November 1940 (USA)  »

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A Vida é uma Canção  »

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The censors ordered the "Sheik of Araby" to be re-shot because the costumes of the harem girls were deemed too revealing. See more »

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Featured in Take It or Leave It (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Pretty Baby
(1916) (uncredited)
Music by Tony Jackson and Egbert Van Alstyne
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
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The Sheik of Araby
12 April 2003 | by (Ottawa) – See all my reviews

"Tin Pan Alley" is a serviceable if slightly undernourished musical extravaganza starring Alice Faye, John Payne, Betty Grable, Jackie Oakie. I thought it would turn out to be as memorable and enchanting as Faye's greatest musicals like "That Night in Rio" or "Hello Frisco Hello" also co-starring John Payne, but it is nowhere near them. There is a sense that something is missing; the idea is there but somehow it doesn't quite coalesce, even despite the luminous presence of Faye. Nevertheless, it has one of the most spectacular dance and musical numbers ever staged: "The Sheik of Araby" - featuring Faye, Grable, and the Nicholas Brothers who also appeared in Grable's previous hit wonder, "Down Argentine Way". The dance number has a spark and excitement most of the movie lacks.


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