MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 4,575 this week

Tin Pan Alley (1940)

6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 330 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 4 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 871 titles
created 13 Apr 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 07 Feb 2013
 
a list of 8738 titles
created 25 Mar 2013
 
a list of 828 titles
created 28 Oct 2013
 
a list of 180 titles
created 2 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Tin Pan Alley" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Tin Pan Alley (1940)

Tin Pan Alley (1940) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Tin Pan Alley.
Won 1 Oscar. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

This send-up of ragtime song and dance begins in 1915 San Francisco when society boy Roger Grant decides to pursue popular rather than serious music.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A medical student who wants to be a crooner gets involved with a showgirl who has an ulterior motive.

Director: George Seaton
Stars: Betty Grable, Dick Haymes, Phil Silvers
Pin Up Girl (1944)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Glamorous Lorry Jones, the toast of a Missouri military canteen, has become "engaged" to almost every serviceman she's signed her pin-up photo for. Now she's leaving home to go into ... See full summary »

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Stars: Betty Grable, John Harvey, Martha Raye
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After WWI two men go into radio. Failure leads the wife of one to borrow money from another; she goes on, after separation, to stardom. A coast-to-coast radio program is set up to bring ... See full summary »

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: Alice Faye, Jack Oakie, John Payne
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In this chronicle of a vaudeville family, Myrtle McKinley (class of 1900) goes to San Francisco to attend business school, but ends up in a chorus line. Soon, star Frank Burt notices her ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: Betty Grable, Dan Dailey, Mona Freeman
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

With his sidekick Rusty, Jeff Harper sails to paradisiacal tropical isle Ahmi-Oni to bargain on behalf of his cattle baron father for land owned by transplanted Irishman Dennis O'Brien. But... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: Betty Grable, Victor Mature, Jack Oakie
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When Phil Corey's band arrives at the Idaho ski resort its pianist Ted Scott is smitten with a Norwegian refugee he has sponsored, Karen Benson. When soloist Vivian Dawn quits, Karen stages an ice show as a substitute.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Stars: Sonja Henie, John Payne, Glenn Miller
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An entertainer in Rio impersonates a wealthy aristocrat. When the aristocrat's wife asks him to carry the impersonation further, complications ensue.

Director: Irving Cummings
Stars: Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Carmen Miranda
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Music-hall star Madeleine Marlowe leaves London engaged to the Duke of Trippingham only to find back home that Police Gazette hack Samuel A. McGee has exposed her as former burlesque queen ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Cummings
Stars: Betty Grable, Robert Young, Adolphe Menjou
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

At Middleton College, controlled by rich donor Melton, only paying sports are allowed. But Freddie Frye, conniving student body president, has to get a letter in some sport to win back his ... See full summary »

Directors: Nick Grinde, Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Betty Grable, John Hartley, Donald O'Connor
Tin Pan Alley (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Short documentary film which features the activities taking place in London's famous "Street of Song" (Denmark Street) - also known as "Tin Pan Alley." The idea of the film is to lift the ... See full summary »

Director: Terry Ashwood
Stars: Petula Clark, Geraldo, Billy Cotton
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Delilah Lee is the star of husband Jeff Ames' Broadway show when she starts to suspect he has been exchanging more than contracts with the show's vampish backer. Alimony and amnesia become the order of the day.

Director: Richard Sale
Stars: Betty Grable, Macdonald Carey, Rory Calhoun
Edit

Cast

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

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

song | sister | songwriter | singer | army | See All (66) »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 November 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida é uma Canção  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"He'd Have to Get Under - Get Out and Get Under (to Fix Up His Automobile)" (music by Maurice Abrahams, lyrics by Grant Clarke and Edgar Leslie), performed by Alice Faye, Betty Grable and Jack Oakie, was cut from this film. See more »

Connections

Featured in Dive Bomber (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Any Little Girl, That's a Nice Little Girl, is the Right Little Girl For Me
(1910) (uncredited)
Music by Fred Fisher
Lyrics by Thomas J. Gray
Played during the opening credits and sung by an unidentified man
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Great showpieces
2 May 2005 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

"All good-lookin' like he is, there's no use in getting' yourself all messed up", a black boy ponders, when 'Skeets' Harrigan (John Payne) drops out of a promising boxing career to pursue his dreams of becoming a renowned Tin Pan Alley song publisher with his friend from the Midwest, Harry Calhoun (Jack Oakie). On their way to the top they meet the Blane sisters, Katie (Alice Faye) and Lily (Betty Grable). 'Skeets' and Katie fall in love, but he is adamantly focused on his career and when he gives a song meant for Katie to a famous musical star, she has had it and leaves for London with her sister. That is when World War I erupts ...

'Tin Pan Alley' has more charm than it has plot, and it's a delightful watch with charismatic actors. Faye and Grable are a wonderful pair of tap-dancing sisters, Oakie is genuinely funny as the befuddled average Joe playing at being a tough guy, and John Payne, a Robert Taylor look-alike, clearly in a role that must have been written for typical Faye co-star Tyrone Power, rises to the occasion and delivers his all, a perfect mix of athletic hunkiness and crooning abilities, not the easiest performance to pull of, as 'Skeets' is quite callous in the way he presses forward.

The film abounds with great music and showpieces, 'Honeysuckle Rose' in Faye's very nice rendition with a boy chorus, 'The Sheik of Araby' featuring glorious tap-dancing by The Nicholas Brothers, the rousing "America, I Love You", and the only song actually written for the film, Harry Warren's 'You Say the Sweetest Things (Baby)", utilized to the fullest in a clever montage.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Tin Pan Alley (1940) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?