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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. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Paul Dresser
John Sutton ...
Fred Haviland
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Mae Collins
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Pat Hawley
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Wiley
Walter Catlett ...
Col. Truckee
Mona Maris ...
Countess Rossini
Frank Orth ...
McGuiness
Stanley Andrews ...
Mr. Dreiser
Margaret Moffatt ...
Mrs. Dreiser (as Margaret Moffat)
Libby Taylor ...
Ida
John Kelly ...
Curt Bois ...
De Rochemont
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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

Paul Dresser: Look. If you don't like my act, why don't you get out of here.
Fred Haviland: Like it? Why, you're the hit of the show.
Sally Elliott: It's one of the funniest acts I ever saw.
Paul Dresser: Funny? What's funny about it?
Sally Elliott: Wasn't it?
Paul Dresser: You know very well it wasn't, nobody else was laughing.
Sally Elliott: But there was two pianos. And that suit. What could you expect?
Paul Dresser: What's wrong with my suit?
Sally Elliott: It's all right if you can stand the noise.
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Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

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 must for Rita's fans
23 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Amiable musical is loaded with good music and sprightly performances. Originally planned for Betty Grable whose pregnancy prevented her appearance, then Carole Landis who stubbornly refused to change her hair color and was punished by Zanuck by being relegated to a secondary part he then borrowed Rita from Columbia. She was in the midst of her climb to the top having made strides over the previous two years in a succession of spotlight parts and this continued her ascent.

As a biography it's worthless but as a showcase for Rita's talent and beauty it can't be beat. There are one or two occasions where she is so heavily made up and dressed in an unflattering pink that she appears corpse like but otherwise looks sensational in her period costumes and her dancing and singing are marvelous. Mature is fine as the male lead but is overshadowed by Rita.

Not a classic but a bright, pleasant entertainment. A must for Hayworth fans.


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