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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Studio head Darryl F. Zanuck originally wanted Carole Landis to play Sally Elliot, but she refused to dye her hair red and declared she'd play it as a blonde. The movie mogul promptly moved her to a secondary role and borrowed Rita Hayworth from Columbia, since Alice Faye, expecting her first daughter, could not take the part. Betty Grable, Irene Dunne, and Mae West also turned down the role. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Soundtracks

ME AND MY FELLA AND A BIG UMBRELLA
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung and Danced by Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Nan Wynn) and chorus
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One of Rita's best musicals!
3 May 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

My Gal Sal is a simply splendid movie and it's a true wonder why it's not readily available to buy when some of Rita's less good movies (Lady From Shanghai, Salome) are in abundance.

Victor Mature plays Paul Dresser who's a song writer from the country who meets a gal called Sal (Rita) whom he hates, then eventually loves. She's a big time performer who laughs at his silly little show, so he gets his own back by going and laughing at hers! But they have to put their differences aside soon when her words and his music make a hit song, and he finally gets the break he needs.

Lovely that it was shot in technicolour, and the songs and dances are great fun to watch. Favourite part - where Sal looses her temper with Paul and cuts up all his clothes, leading him to do the same to her, and when he hires a quartet to sing outside her window in the middle of the night for three hours, not letting anyone in the building get any sleep, and they don't even stop singing when people drop potplants, or tip pitchers of water, onto them! 10/10


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