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Release Date:
26 March 1943 (USA) See more »
In turn-of-the-century San Francisco, an ambitious vaudevillian takes his quartet from a honky tonk to the big time, while spurning the love of his troupe's star singer for a selfish heiress. | Full synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Entertaining film with Faye and Payne See more (21 total) »


  (in credits order)

Alice Faye ... Trudy Evans

John Payne ... Johnny Cornell
Jack Oakie ... Dan Daley
Lynn Bari ... Bernice Croft
Laird Cregar ... Sam Weaver

June Havoc ... Beulah Clancy

Ward Bond ... Sharkey
Aubrey Mather ... Douglas Dawson
John Archer ... Ned Clark
Frank Orth ... Lou, Bartender at Sharkey's
George Lloyd ... Foghorn Ryan - Proprietor
Frank Darien ... Missionary
Harry Hayden ... Burkham
Eddie Dunn ... Forman of Renovation Crew
Charles Cane ... O'Riley, Policeman
Frank M. Thomas ... Auctioneer
Kirby Grant ... Specialty Singer
Mary Field ... Ellie, Cockney Maid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jackie Averill ... Child Dancer (uncredited)
George Barbier ... Col. Weatherby (uncredited)
Fortunio Bonanova ... Opera Singer (uncredited)
Fred Brown ... Barker (uncredited)
Marie Brown ... Roller Skating Specialty (uncredited)
Ken Christy ... Paul, Headwaiter (uncredited)
Edward Clark ... Sam, the Stage Doorman (uncredited)
Jimmy Clemons Jr. ... Child Dancer (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Opera Singer (uncredited)
Esther Dale ... Aunt Harriet (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Waiter (uncredited)
Edward Earle ... Opera House Stage Manager (uncredited)
Lorraine Elliott ... Singer (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Ruth Gillette ... Singer (uncredited)
Kit Guard ... Customer at Sharkey's (uncredited)
Bud Jamison ... Member of Barbershop Quartet (uncredited)
Adele Jergens ... Chorine (uncredited)
Adia Kuznetzoff ... Opera Singer (uncredited)
Theodore Lorch ... Barfly at Sharkey's (uncredited)
Eric Mayne ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Edward Mundy ... Preacher (uncredited)
Ted North ... Dick Greenwood (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Chorus Boy, Grizzly Bear Number (uncredited)
James Sills ... Roller Skating Specialty (uncredited)
John Sinclair ... Drunk (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Drunk (uncredited)
Larry Valli ... Barker (uncredited)
Bruce Warren ... Bit Role (uncredited)

Directed by
H. Bruce Humberstone  (as Bruce Humberstone)
Writing credits
Robert Ellis (screen play by) and
Helen Logan (screen play by) and
Richard Macaulay (screen play by)

Produced by
Milton Sperling .... producer
Original Music by
David Buttolph (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Charles G. Clarke (director of photography) (as Charles Clarke A.S.C.)
Allen M. Davey (director of photography) (as Allen Davey A.S.C.)
Film Editing by
Barbara McLean 
Art Direction by
James Basevi 
Boris Leven 
Set Decoration by
Paul S. Fox 
Thomas Little 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose (musical sequences)
Makeup Department
Guy Pearce .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Hall .... assistant director
Sound Department
Joseph E. Aiken .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Fanchon .... supervisor of musical sequences
Charles Henderson .... musical director
Emil Newman .... musical director
Charles Henderson .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Cyril J. Mockridge .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Walter Scharf .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Henri Jaffa .... associate technicolor director
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor director
Val Raset .... dances staged by
Hermes Pan .... choreographer (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
99 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

The movie is a remake of King of Burlesque (1936), starring Warner Baxter. Alice Faye and Jack Oakie play the same roles (i.e. the "heroine" and the "hero's sidekick") that they played in the previous film.See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining film with Faye and Payne, 29 December 2007
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Alice Faye's reign at 20th Century Fox, which overlapped with Betty Grable's, started earlier than Grable's and ended sooner - and on a sour note. Faye actually came with the old Fox Film Corp. when Zanuck founded 20th Century Fox and was at first a Harlow type, eventually developing into the Alice Faye moviegoers came to love. When she was given a dramatic role, in the 1945 "Dark Angel," the film was re-edited to favor Linda Darnell, and a disgusted Faye left Fox and never returned.

Here she's on top in "Hello Frisco, Hello" also starring John Payne, Lynn Bari, Jack Oakie, June Havoc and Laird Cregar, a big, colorful turn of the century musical in the Fox tradition. Alice plays Trudy Evans, the linchpin in a group formed by the ambitious Johnny Cornell. Johnny isn't content with the Barbary Coast - he wants Nob Hill. After opening a series of clubs, he becomes interested in a beautiful widow (Bari) who can give him the respectability he wants. When she goes broke, he tries to buy her house. To the heartbreak of Trudy, who's been in love with him all along, the two eventually marry.

There's one song after another in this musical, including Faye's beautiful rendition of "You'll Never Know," which became a smash hit. Faye's voice was so unusual - low, sultry and smooth, and it fits the music here perfectly. She is beautifully photographed and costumed as well. Oakie and Havoc provide comic support, and Bari is excellent as the woman who wins Johnny away from Trudy.

The big problem with the film is the character of Johnny (Payne), who is a real louse and a user to boot as he strings Trudy along. Personally, I would have let him stew in his own juice but this is Hollywood after all. And the plot is so secondary to the wonderful music and stars. Highly entertaining.

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