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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)
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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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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 »


Remake of Hoop-La (1933) See more »


The Hut-Sut Song
Written by Leo Killion, Ted McMichael and Jack Owens
Sung by a quartet as part of a medley
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The show must go on
16 October 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Backstage musical alert. So, that means you know the story - people fall out and get back together again. And throw in some songs. What keeps this film interesting are three things – the costumes, the Technicolour and stage announcer Phil Silvers (Blinkie) who isn't his usual obnoxious self. I've never seen him in a likable role like this before.

Unfortunately, with Dick Haymes (Junior) in the cast you know you're going to get some ballads. The songs aren't that good in this film – the only good ones are sung by Betty Grable (Bonnie) as she gets the up-tempo tunes of which there is a regrettable lack of. It's what the film needed because the story drags as it heads towards the predictable schmaltzy ending. Even then, we get another ballad – yawn. Wrong way to end a musical.

Still, don't watch for the songs or story but for the reasons I have mentioned and the film becomes OK. And you also get to find out why the show must go on!

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