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Sunny (1941)

Passed  -  Musical  -  30 May 1941 (USA)
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The beautiful Anna Neagle stars as a circus performer who falls in love with a rich car dealer's son, against her family's wishes. Features some spirited dance numbers with Ray Bolger.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Anna Neagle ...
Sunny O'Sullivan
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Bunny Billings
John Carroll ...
Larry Warren
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Henry Bates
Grace Hartman ...
Juliet Runnymede
Paul Hartman ...
Egghead
Frieda Inescort ...
Elizabeth Warren
Helen Westley ...
Aunt Barbara
Benny Rubin ...
Maj. Montgomery Sloan
Muggins Davies ...
Muggins
Richard Lane ...
Reporter
Martha Tilton ...
Torben Meyer ...
Jean (head waiter)
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Ernestine Clark ...
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The beautiful Anna Neagle stars as a circus performer who falls in love with a rich car dealer's son, against her family's wishes. Features some spirited dance numbers with Ray Bolger.

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Sunny opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre (New York City) on September 22, 1925 and ran for 517 performances. See more »

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Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Ray Bolger
Also sung by Anna Neagle and John Carroll
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Unremarkable remake of Marilyn Miller early talkie musical.
26 February 2001 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

Marilyn Miller brought the Kern-Hammerstein musical comedy SUNNY to the screen in 1930, shorn of all but two numbers and with a completely new plot. This attempt to remake the musical focuses more on the original plot (flimsy as all get out), which was identical to Miller's hit of 1929, SALLY. Simply put, working girl romances rich young man, is made to feel she won't fit in to his life, and flees - with a happy ending of reconciled lovers, of course. Neagle is competent enough as Sunny Sullivan and John Carroll good as her love interest. However, so little happens in this plot that it becomes quite tedious and uneventful. The real star is Ray Bolger whose rubber legged dance numbers are the film's highlight. It was justly nominated by the Academy for Musical Scoring. There are six numbers: Who?; The Lady Must Be Kissed; Sunny; Gob and Tar; Sunshine; Forever Or Never. It is a bland thing, a step up from the bad 1930 original, but not high enough to be more than just a minor musical effort.


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