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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Col. Truckee
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Countess Rossini
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Mrs. Dreiser (as Margaret Moffat)
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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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Sally Elliot (played by Rita Hayworth) is a fictional character. In real life, the "Sally" in Paul Dresser's song, "My Gal Sal," was probably Sally Walker, an Evansville, Indiana brothel madam with whom Walker had a long-term affair. See more »

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[after tearing up Sally Elliot's wardrobe with a pair of scissors, Paul Dresser is arrested and thrown in jail]
Jail Cell Inmate: Whatcha in for, fella?
Paul Dresser: I'm Jack the Ripper.
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Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »

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ON THE GAY WHITE WAY
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics Leo Robin
Performed by Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Nan Wynn), Hermes Pan and Chorus
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Routine Musical Ennobled by Hayworth, Mature & Fox's Shimmering Technicolor!
11 October 2003 | by (Ottawa) – See all my reviews

The plot is silly & preposterous, as is the case most often when it comes to these eye candy extravaganzas, but it is kept alive by the irrepressible charm of Rita Hayworth & Victor Mature, not to mention Fox's customary glowing Technicolor (there are some moments that are not only gorgeous to look at, but also sublimely awe-inspiring and evocative of its Gay 90s milieu).

"My Gal Sal" is basically a nostalgic period musical, about 1890s songwriter Paul Dreiser (Mature) who leaves his country town in Indiana to find a big success on Broadway in New York. He meets and falls in love with a musical performer, a gal named Sally Elliott (Hayworth). They start hating each other at first but soon grow into one another. Their contrived romance is kept afloat by various passable numbers, including the title tune (written by Paul), "On the Big White Way," "The Convict and the Bird", "Liza Jane", and "Mr Volunteer".

Not a classic, but it passes the time. Try to watch it along with Hayworth's other musical of 1942, the gloriously carefree "You Were Never Lovelier" with Fred Astaire.


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