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Tin Pan Alley (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 29 November 1940 (USA)
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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lily Blane
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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
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Reggie Carstair
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Joe Codd
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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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Storyline

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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Drama | Musical | Romance

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29 November 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida é uma Canção  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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


Soundtracks

Pretty Baby
(1916) (uncredited)
Music by Tony Jackson and Egbert Van Alstyne
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Played on piano as background music
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Great stars, great music, what more could you want?
17 July 2000 | by (Dallas, TX) – See all my reviews

This is a delightful film with some of the best stars from the 40's. Alice Faye has been a personal favorite of mine for years and her beautiful contralto singing voice is only one reason. She is also charming and beautiful, and it's no wonder she was 20th Century Fox's top blonde star for many years (until Betty Grable, who is, of course, also in this film). Alice and Betty make believable sisters and perform some knockout numbers together (especially "The Sheik of Araby", which also boasts the talents of the marvelous Nicholas Brothers). Alice is paired romantically in the film with John Payne (a frequent costar), and their chemistry makes you understand why Fox paired them often in film. The songs are delightful and the movie captures the image of Tin Pan Alley that may not have existed in reality, but isn't the image on film more romantic and lovely to look at? The only quibble I have: why, oh why wasn't this filmed in Technicolor?


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