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O'Connor steals vaudeville family backstage musical.
Musicals of this era, especially backstage ones, were formulaic, but this had a twist. Monahan (Oakie) is tricked out of marrying his love (DeCamp). Years later, abandoned by his wife, he is a hit act with his two teen-aged children (O'Connor and Ryan). The widowed DeCamp with daughter, Blyth, comes back into his life but another marriage is thwarted. Meanwhile, O'Connor romances Blyth. It is a treat to see Blyth in one of four films she made this year, her first in Hollywood and just before her star turn in MILDRED PIERCE, but the real star is O'Connor. At the ripe old age of 19 (his first film was in 1937 at the age of twelve), he here displays his expert talents as hoofer and crooner and a perfectly honed sense of comic timing. He is the real star of the film, which is homey and entertaining. It was deservedly Oscar nominated for Scoring but the Sound was equally deserving of recognition. This is for all fans of the backstage musical but especially those of Blyth and O'Connor.
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