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Tin Pan Alley (1940)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Katie Blane
Lily Blane
Jack Oakie ...
Harry Calhoun
Skeets Harrigan
Esther Ralston ...
Nora Bayes
The Nicholas Brothers ...
Dance Specialty
Ben Carter ...
John Loder ...
Reggie Carstair
Joe Codd
Fred Keating ...
Harvey Raymond
Lillian Porter ...
Telephone Operator
Princess Vanessa Ammon ...
The Brian Sisters ...
Specialty (as Brian Sisters)


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 <>

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Drama | Musical | Romance


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Release Date:

29 November 1940 (USA)  »

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Tin Pan Alley  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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After the huge success of Down Argentine Way (1940), a part was quickly written into this movie for Betty Grable. See more »


Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile!
(1915) (uncredited)
Music by Felix Powell
Lyrics by George Asaf
Played in a London nightclub
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'Tin Pan' clinker.
16 January 2011 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

"Tin Pan Alley" is a rare misfire for Fox, which had a string of hits around this time period. In fact, they used several of the same stars in this one as in previous pictures. Alice Faye, John Payne, Betty Grable and Jack Oakie - what more could you ask for? Well, you might ask for some better songs and a better storyline, because this plot is threadbare and had been done better many times in the past. Boy meets girl, Boy loses girl ( because pride goeth before a fall), boy wins girl back. Did you read the list of song titles? Well, most of them are background music except for "You Say The Sweetest Things", which was written especially for this picture and was the best number.

Special mention should be made of "America, I Love You", to which I have awarded a Hand-Painted Mustache Cup for the Worst Production Number In A Major Musical. Mournful and tuneless, this song was given a big build-up as a flag-waving tribute to the troops in WWI and all concerned tried mightily to put it over. This dreadful song, however, defied all efforts and pulled down an already routine musical into subpar status.

If you like the cast and if you like Fox musicals - and there are many to like - try another picture.

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