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And the Angels Sing (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 25 April 1944 (USA)
The singing/dancing Angel sisters, Nancy (Dorothy Lamour), Bobby (Betty Hutton), Josie (Diana Lynn) and Patti (Mimi Chandler), aren't interested in performing together, and this plays havoc... See full summary »

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Josie Angel
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Patti Angel
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Pop Angel
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Fuzzy Johnson
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Oliver
Mikhail Rasumny ...
Schultz
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Holman
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The singing/dancing Angel sisters, Nancy (Dorothy Lamour), Bobby (Betty Hutton), Josie (Diana Lynn) and Patti (Mimi Chandler), aren't interested in performing together, and this plays havoc with the plans of Pop Angel (Raymond Walburn) to buy a soy bean farm. They do accept an offer of ten dollars to sing at a dubious night club on the edge of town where a band led by Happy Marshall (Fred MacMurray) is playing. Bobby takes the ten dollars and runs it up to $190 at the dice table. Happy hits on Nancy but she rebuffs him. He doesn't have the money to pay his band and borrows the gambling winnings from Bobby on the pretext that he will give her a job with his band. Bobby discovers the next day that Happy has hastily departed for New York. The girls follow to a night club where he is working and, after an audition, the manager is willing to give Happy a contract if the girls will sing with his band. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Written by Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen
Performed by Dorothy Lamour
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I wish they wouldn't
1 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Angel sisters go to New York to get back $190 dollars that was taken from them by band leader Happy (Fred MacMurray). There are 4 of them - Nancy (Dorothy Lamour), Bobby (Betty Hutton), Josie (Diana Lynn) and Patti (Mimi Chandler). Once there, they find a job and 2 of the sisters also find love.

This film is saved by Fred MacMurray. His effortless humour drags this film past the OK mark. It's not enough to make this a good film, though. The music is terrible apart from the first song "The First Hundred Years". After that, it's downhill on the music front with a number of forgettable songs. Betty Hutton's 2 solo songs are enough to make you press the stop button and sling the film onto a reject pile. She delivers them in her typical brash and shouty manner. Still, I suppose you know what you're gonna get with her. And she steals every scene of the film that she's in coz she is so boisterous. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's grating. If the film was just about the sisters with them singing, it'd be a turkey. Thank God for MacMurray.

The cast are OK and there is an enjoyable dance sequence with Frank Feylan who plays "Holman". Lamour and Hutton find love in New York although I'm not sure what Lamour's boyfriend Oliver (Frank Albertson) would think about the situation. He seems to have been completely forgotten in the story. He just disappears!


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