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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In 2014, the Oscar given for Best Art Direction sold for $79,200 at Briarbrook Auctions in Rhode Island. 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 Zanuck bomb
23 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Zanuck made some fine films, of course, but he had a penchant for producing weak musicals. Here is a prime example. The script is extraordinarily weak. Wait until you see how the Indians cleaned up Victor Mature after a tar-and-feathering job administered by angry town folk! Aside from the film's title, the music is utterly forgettable. Wait until you see Victor Mature "playing" two pianos at once! Rita Hayworth is lovely and in her prime; this is the year of "You Were Never Lovelier." But she's given little of interest to do here. Her singing is obviously dubbed. The dancing is only average (Hermes Pan was a partner in one scene). Carol Landis is wasted entirely. No wonder Alice Faye turned down a chance to be in this film. It is a bomb. "My Gal Sal" is generally unavailable to the public. Lucky public.


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