Diamond Horseshoe (1945)

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



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Complete credited cast:
Dick Haymes ...
Joe Davis Jr.
Blinkie Miller
William Gaxton ...
Joe Davis Sr.
Beatrice Kay ...
Claire Williams
Carmen Cavallaro ...
Himself (pianist)
Willie Solar ...
Double-Talking Singer Comedian
Mrs. Standish
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Margeurite Blount ...
Woman Green with Envy (scenes deleted)
Bobbie Hale ...
Man in Cab (scenes deleted) (as Bobby Hale)
Herbert Heywood ...
Watchman (scenes deleted)
Milton Kibbee ...
Stagehand (scenes deleted)
Mary Jane Shores ...


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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Typically loopy Fox vehicle for Betty Grable...energy and cheap razzmatazz to spare
21 February 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

"Diamond Horseshoe" begins with a stage number wherein all the showgirls are ingredients in a French chef's recipe, with Betty Grable as the main course, of course. She fights with her co-star offstage (he tells her, "You are in show business for only two reasons...and you're standing on both of them!"). In order to bring romantic happiness for a gal-pal, wisecracking Betty agrees to come between a singer and his son, the latter of whom was to become a doctor but now wants a taste of the footlights. Taken from John Kenyon Nicholson's play "The Barker", the plot (though relentlessly padded with novelty numbers, revues, and sketches) is far stronger than those of other Grable-showcases, and screenwriter George Seaton isn't afraid to be catty and snappy. Some of the put-downs are priceless, while Grable infuses the funny interplay with a jazzy '40s-era spirit (she's both jaded and sassy). Unfortunately, most of the songs are unsingable, and Dick Haymes is such a shallow love-interest that it doesn't make any sense for a tootsie like Betty to actually fall for him. The production probably looked elaborate in 1945, but today it seems tacky, and at 104 minutes the movie eventually wears out its welcome. **1/2 from ****

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