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Diamond Horseshoe (1945)

| Musical | May 1945 (USA)
A medical student who wants to be a crooner gets involved with a showgirl who has an ulterior motive.



(written for the screen by), (play) (as John Kenyon Nicholson)


Complete credited cast:
Joe Davis Jr.
Blinkie Miller
Joe Davis Sr.
Beatrice Kay ...
Claire Williams
Carmen Cavallaro ...
Carmen Cavallaro
Willie Solar ...
Double-Talking Singer Comedian
Mrs. Standish


Joe Davis Sr., headliner at a big nightclub, is visited by medical student son Joe Jr., who to Dad's chagrin wants to be a crooner, and soon comes between Dad and his girlfriend Claire. So glamorous dancer Bonnie is enlisted to distract Junior. Which does Bonnie want more, the fur coat or true love? Plot is a framework for numerous Ziegfeld style stage productions. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

May 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe  »

Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the first Hollywood films to make fun of the jargon of Freudian psychoanalysis. See more »


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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Dick Haymes and Betty Grable
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Diamond Horseshoe-Great Doctor in the House ***1/2
22 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This wonderful 1945 musical has a terrific plot. Dick Haymes, 6 months away from being a doctor, wants to chuck it all and join his widowed father, Bill Gaxton, in show business.

His appearance is a threat to Beatrice Kay, who is about to tie the knot with the widower Gaxton. She enlists the help of Betty Grable to fall for Haymes and then dump him so that he will go back to medical school and she can resume her life with the Gaxton character.

Naturally, Grable falls for Haymes, but eventually comes around to the idea that he should finish medical school.

The songs are wonderfully staged and Grable does well as the girl disliked by Gaxton, but comes around to do what's right.

Of all people, Margaret Dumont appears in a one scene dream sequence and actually sings part of her lines! Wonder what Groucho thought about that. Naturally, she is an upper crust matron in the dream.

A blend of great music, good story and all enhances this well done 1945 film.

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