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The life of boisterous entertainer Texas Guinan is recalled from her poor childhood with a down-on-his-luck father to her reign as the Queen of the Night Clubs. Along the way, she also finds romance and heartbreak. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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She was the biggest sucker of them all!


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31 August 1945 (USA)  »

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This film was such a hit that it actually set an attendance record at the Paramount Theater in New York. See more »

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When Mike Guinan is sitting on the bed in the bridal suite worrying about his potato crop, a shadow of the boom microphone moves on, then off the headboard. See more »

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Referenced in Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988) See more »

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Gwine to Rune All Night
(1850) (uncredited)
aka "De Camptown Races"
Written by Stephen Foster (as Stephen Collins Foster)
Played to accompany a bucking bronco at the wild west show
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Hutton at her peak in one of her finest acting roles

This is a routine Hollywood bio that is made special by the presence of its leading lady, Betty Hutton. Far more restrained than her usual exploding firecracker screen personas, she here acts quite well indeed as she matures from a boisterous Wild West performing tomboy to a singing/dancing Broadway star and ultimately to the owner/hostess of a famous NYC Roaring Twenties nightclub. As Texas Guinan she brings warmth and dignity to her role and carries the film superbly. There are many production numbers, though none is truly memorable. The Technicolor is not stunning but the costumes are ravishing. The Scoring was deservely Oscar nominated but the Costumes equally deserved a nod. You've seen it all before somehow, but Hutton keeps you riveted to the screen - she is so genuine. During the last half of the film she is coiffed, made up and gowned to look like Alice Faye, who used to make a career of blandly playing such society performer roles, but manages to overcome the comparison.

This is one worth seeing for Hutton fans and for anyone who wonders why she was a star.


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