Chronicles the early life of gay nineties-era songwriter Paul Dresser as he outgrows his job as carnival entertainer and moves up into New York society, writing one hit song after another. ... See full summary »

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Chronicles the early life of gay nineties-era songwriter Paul Dresser as he outgrows his job as carnival entertainer and moves up into New York society, writing one hit song after another. Despite his egotistical behavior, he manages to woo and win Sally Elliott, one of the more popular songstresses of the day. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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30 April 1942 (USA)  »

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Die Königin vom Broadway  »

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Don Ameche and George Montgomery were originally considered for the role of Paul Dresser. See more »

Quotes

Fred Haviland: Funny thing about geniuses. You always hear of them burning in an attic. But you always see them burning in the brightest places in town.
Sally Elliott: No matter what you think, he's just as serious about his work as he ever was. Why, he has a wonderful melody, and he wants to put words to it. It's an idea about his home on the banks of the Wabash.
Pat Hawley: [snorts] "Banks of the Wabash." Farm stuff. Who cares anything about farms? Who ever heard of the Wabash? But if it's a good tune, we might change it to the Hudson.
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Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »

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MY GAL SAL
Written by Paul Dresser
Sung by Phil Silvers, Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Nan Wynn) & 'Victor Mature' (dubbed by Ben Gage)
Danced by Rita Hayworth and chorus
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A musical curiosity
20 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"My Gal Sal" is not an unpleasant musical, but it gets a more lavish treatment than it deserves. It's a typically fictionalized musical biopic, with Victor Mature playing Paul Dresser, a popular Midwestern songwriter of the "Gay 90s." (For younger readers, that's what the 1890s were called, though the description had to do with high spirits, not sexuality.) Rita Hayworth is Dresser's love interest and the title character. Several of the songs in the movie were not even the work of Dresser, though the title song is. As the movie notes at the beginning, Dresser, born Dreiser, was the older brother of famed novelist Theodore Dreiser, author of that grim classic "An American Tragedy." The screenplay is supposedly based on Dreiser's reflective essay "My Brother Paul." But if it were, this film would be a bit of a drag: Paul Dresser's fame was fairly brief and he died young, and Theodore Dreiser never wrote anything light. Hollywood was wise enough to make up some harmless stuff, pick a beautiful leading lady and play it all for fun.


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