MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 13,418 this week

Doll Face (1945)

6.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 280 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 6 critic

Burlesque star (Blaine) makes it in the big time.

Director:

Writers:

(adaptation), (play) (as Louise Hovick) , 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at Internet Archive

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 91 titles
created 04 Feb 2012
 
a list of 1525 titles
created 29 Jul 2012
 
a list of 27 titles
created 13 May 2013
 
list image
a list of 2784 titles
created 10 Jul 2013
 
a list of 1094 titles
created 03 May 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "Doll Face" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Doll Face (1945)

Doll Face (1945) on IMDb 6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Doll Face.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

All-girl school Mar Brynn tries to get more pupils and publicity by making fun of the Quincton college. For revenge, the boys there sent Bob Sheppard to Mar Brynn, dressed as a girl, to ... See full summary »

Director: LeRoy Prinz
Stars: Frances Langford, Johnny Downs, Marjorie Woodworth
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Emily, a pretty young Irish girl, gets a job on an English farm owned by the Tallent family. The local men take to her but the women don't, objecting to her flirtatious nature with their ... See full summary »

Director: Lance Comfort
Stars: Anne Crawford, Maxwell Reed, George Thorpe
If I'm Lucky (1946)
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Bandleader (James) involved in political campaign.

Director: Lewis Seiler
Stars: Vivian Blaine, Perry Como, Harry James
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An unimpressive but well intending man is given the chance to marry a popular actress, of whom he has been a hopeless fan. But what he doesn't realize is that he is being used to make the actress' old flame jealous.

Directors: Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Dorothy Sebastian, Edward Earle
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A psychotic killer gets in the good graces of his aging invalid employer, and worms his way into the affection of her beautiful daughter, with unpleasant results for all.

Director: Karel Reisz
Stars: Albert Finney, Susan Hampshire, Mona Washbourne
Homecoming (1948)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Self-absorbed Dr. Lee Johnson enlists with the Army medical corps during World War II, more out of a feeling that it's "the thing to do" rather than deep-seated patriotism. On his first day... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Clark Gable, Lana Turner, Anne Baxter
Music | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Reenactments of actual USO experiences of its female stars entertaining troops overseas.

Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Kay Francis, Carole Landis, Martha Raye
Trocadero (1944)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A newspaper columnist and host of his own national network radio program, interviewing more film personalities on his show than any other commentator, is searching for a story for a Sunday ... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Rosemary Lane, Johnny Downs, Ralph Morgan
Black Angel (1946)
Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When Kirk Bennett is convicted of a singer's murder, his wife tries to prove him innocent...aided by the victim's ex-husband.

Director: Roy William Neill
Stars: Dan Duryea, June Vincent, Peter Lorre
Nob Hill (1945)
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The owner of a San Francisco saloon yearns to rank among the upper crust of Nob Hill. When he begins romancing a wealthy socialite it looks like he may have his entree into high society. ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: George Raft, Joan Bennett, Vivian Blaine
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An American girl on vacation in Argentina falls for a wealthy racehorse owner.

Director: Irving Cummings
Stars: Don Ameche, Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Young Sherry Williams dreams of having a singing career, and she idolizes her older sister Josephine, who has gone to New York to perform on the stage. When Sherry is distraught just before... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Jane Powell, Ralph Bellamy, Constance Moore
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Dennis O'Keefe ...
Michael Francis 'Mike' Hannegan
Perry Como ...
Nicky Ricci
...
Chita Chula
Martha Stewart ...
Frankie Porter
Stephen Dunne ...
Frederick Manly Gerard (as Michael Dunne)
Reed Hadley ...
Flo Hartman
Stanley Prager ...
Flo's Aide
Charles Tannen ...
Flo's Aide
...
Stage Manager
Frank Orth ...
Peters
Donald MacBride ...
Lawyer Ferguson (as Donald McBride)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bando da Lua ...
Themselves, Carmen Miranda's Orchestra
Edit

Storyline

Burlesque queen Doll Face Carroll is dismissed from an audition for a legitimate Broadway show because she's considered unrefined. Her boss/manager, Mike, decides that she can acquire some polish and also get plenty of publicity by writing her autobiography; he hires a ghost writer to do all the work but doesn't consider that Doll Face and her collaborator might have more than a book on their minds. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <DanNGM@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 December 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Here's a Kiss  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The hit swing-novelty number from the Jimmy McHugh-Harold Adamson score, the wisecracking, very 1940s "Dig You Later (A Hubba-Hubba-Hubba)," was performed in the film as a duet by Perry Como and Martha Stewart. Como's best-selling single on the Victor label would supplant Miss Stewart with a vocal quartet, The Satisfiers, whose lead singer was Helen Carroll. Curiously, Miss Stewart was recording for RCA Victor at the time. See more »

Quotes

Chita: A woman needs a man. You are a man, aren't you?
See more »


Soundtracks

Chico Chico
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Sung and Danced by Carmen Miranda, Bando da Lua and chorus
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Queen of Burlesque wants to go legit
8 June 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Gypsy Rose Lee's literary career certainly got a lot of good imitations going. Though not as good as Pal Joey, Doll Face is a pleasant and snappy musical about a stripper who gets involved with her manager and a ghost writer. And who wrote the play on which this is based on, none other than Gypsy Rose Lee. She certainly exploited her literary talent and persona to the max.

Vivian Blaine plays our Queen of Burlesque who wants very much to break into Broadway and the legitimate theater. Her manager Dennis O'Keefe encourages her, but it's no go, legitimate producer are afraid of her notorious burlesque reputation. So O'Keefe gets the brilliant idea to have her write a book on her life, but we'll alter it a bit and he gets an author who has a good literary reputation but who hasn't cracked the popular market yet. That would be Stephen Dunne. I think you see the basis for the romantic triangle.

Though the three leads do fine the plot is an excuse to display some musical numbers that songwriters Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson wrote for this film. Carmen Miranda is here and just those two words tell you exactly what to expect. And Perry Como is our lead singer and he's got a secondary romance going with Martha Stewart.

Which brings me to the big hit of the show A Hubba Hubba Hubba (Dig You Later). It was Como's first million selling record and even given World War II mores I'm a bit shocked. Part of the lyrics involve the celebration of bombing of the Japanese and mind you this film came out on 12/31/45 three months after V-J day. That would be four months after Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Though those atomic bombings are not mentioned we have such lyrics about a B-29 pilot dropping another load for luck and then turning away saying Yuk Yuk. There's still controversy about whether the atomic bomb use was right or not, but there sure ain't reason for any Yuk Yuks.

I'd probably rate Doll Face higher because over all it's a pretty good musical. But that Yuk Yuk has not worn well over time. In fact it's downright ghastly.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Script of 'The Naked Genius' astridarden
Best Video Version? tapennock
Discuss Doll Face (1945) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?