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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 »
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  (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 (screenplay) and
Helen Logan (screenplay) and
Richard Macaulay (screenplay)

Viña Delmar  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Milton Sperling .... producer
William Goetz .... executive producer (uncredited)
William Perlberg .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
David Buttolph (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Charles G. Clarke (director of photography) (as Charles Clarke)
Allen M. Davey (director of photography) (as Allen Davey)
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
Aaron Rosenberg .... assistant director (uncredited)
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)
Ollie Hughes .... wardrobe assistant (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
Harry Brand .... director of publicity (uncredited)
Sid Grauman .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Helene Holmes .... stand-in: Alice Faye (uncredited)
Hermes Pan .... choreographer (uncredited)

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

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After Mayor Angelo J. Rossi complained that "Frisco" was an inappropriate contraction of his city's name, 20th-Century Fox agreed that whenever it was shown in San Francisco and its suburbs, the film would be renamed, "Hello, San Francisco, Hello".See more »
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Expect entertainment only, 25 June 2005
Author: sryder-1 from United States

Unlike many musicals from Warners and MGM, the scenes of stage performance in those from 20th Century Fox look as though they could actually be performed on a stage, with straight front shooting, and relatively little camera movement, except for close-ups. This approach works, if you have actors who can draw you in simply by their talent, Talent is abundant here, and the musical numbers are believably staged. Fortunately, there are many of these: enough to carry the hackneyed plot. After more than twelve years in films, Jack Oakie could still do comic dance and joke routines far superior to those of most; and is helped wonderfully by June Havoc, who should have received one of the co-star billings in the titles, instead of being listed second in the supporting cast. John Payne was the studio's dependable leading man, in both musicals and light drama. The beautiful Lynn Bari, who never broke through to star status, shines in the thankless role of the selfish society girl.

But Alice Faye is at her best in her last major musical for Fox. It's easy to see why Archie Bunker occasionally referred to her as his feminine ideal. She is gorgeous in Technicolor close-ups. Here, as in other films she wears period costumes more convincingly than most other actresses, who seem to be dressing up for a costume party. Her voice was unique, and her delivery understated; unlike many of her contemporaries, she can still be heard on CDs. I didn't count, but she must have sung ten or more numbers, alone or with Payne. Oakie and Havoc, including an opening and closing rendition of her signature "You'll Never Know". In a years later TV interview, she commented that toward the end of her Fox career she was being replaced by Betty Grable, whose more overt sex appeal made her famous during the war years, but whose career as a top attraction did not last as many years as Faye's (about ten) What impressed me was that she made that comment without any tone of bitterness. Incidentally, this is not a criticism of Grable, who had a winning, self-deprecating personality in later years. In another TV interview, when she was asked how she became a star, she responded: I could sing a little, dance a little, and act a little, but I had great-looking legs. I can't help comparing these two ladies, both of whom had long-lasting show business marriages, and both of whom seemed to be nice persons, with some contemporary "stars".

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