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Career Girl (1944)

Approved  |   |  Musical  |  11 January 1944 (USA)
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Joan Terry, a girl from the country wants to become a Broadway Star, but this proves to be not so easy.

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Edward Norris ...
Iris Adrian ...
Glenda Benton
Craig Woods ...
James Blake
Linda Brent ...
Thelma Mason
Alec Craig ...
Theodore 'Pop' Billings, the Landlord
Ariel Heath ...
Sue Collins
Lorraine Krueger ...
Ann
Gladys Blake ...
Janie
Charles Judels ...
Felix Black
Charles Williams ...
Louis Horton
Renee Helms ...
Polly (as Renee White)
Marcy McGuire ...
Louise (as Marion McGuire)
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Judy Clark ...
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Joan Terry, from a Mid-Western smalltown, comes to New York to get a job on the stage. But until she finds an opportunity, she stays at a boarding house where other talent is also waiting. To get a better chance, the people there decide to build a talent pool, where the person with the most chances for a job gets the full support, trying to get jobs for the others there too - and Joan is chosen to do that. But this is not so easy when her fiance is trying to keep her away from the stage... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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FRANCES LANGFORD'S ONE IN A MILLION (ask our men on the fighting fronts) who wants just one man in a million. See more »

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11 January 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le ragazze di Broadway  »

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An unofficial rehash of "Stage Door" (1937). See more »

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When Joan Terry and Steve Dexter are shown hitting the night spots of Broadway, the stock-footage montage includes the outside of the Cotton Club - which had closed in 1940, four years before this film was made. See more »

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An Absolute Delight!
8 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

PRC...I love the way that logo looks on screen. A group of people without a lot of money putting out movies. It wasn't MGM, it didn't try to be. Sometimes it worked. Sometimes it didn't. This one works. This is really a showcase for the remarkable talents of Miss Frances Langford. Beautiful to look at, delightful to hear. Forgettable songs? Nothing that Frances Langford sang is forgettable. Oh how I wish she had gotten that big movie that she had hoped for! A lavish MGM musical! Sadly, that never happened. In the hands, or should I say the vocal cords, of Frances Langford these songs are most memorable. One of them was written by Morey Amsterdam, brilliant comedian and mainstay of the Dick Van Dyke show. The plot concerns Joan Terry (Frances Langford) sweet country girl in the big city trying to break into show business and torn between pursuing her dream or returning home to marry her boyfriend. I'll not go any further with the plot, I'm sure you can guess the outcome. What is so wonderful about this movie, aside from the gorgeous singing of Frances, is the tight ensemble. The way the cast interacts with each other raising a rather ordinary story into a comedy/drama you can really get into. OK, the big dance number at the end is not always in sync but who cares when you have Frances Langford to see and listen to. Iris Adrian is her delightful, cynical self sticking her nose into everything. Edward Norris, a sophisticated if naive friend/suitor of Joan Terry. Craig Woods a stuffed shirt of a boyfriend from back home. Excellent cameos by Charles Judels and Charles Williams as eccentric Broadway producers. Ariel Heath as the star struck stage struck aspiring actress and others too numerous to mention. Career Girl is what it is...a delightful 1940's musical that entertains. I guarantee that the voice and beauty of Frances Langford will remain with you after seeing this film and that you will return to see it over and over again.


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