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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
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Filmed in 1943, with an on-screen 1944 copyright statement, but not released until 1945. See more »
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Tough to tell where to start with this picture as I was very disappointed. I know Betty Hutton is an acquired taste but I thought supporting performances, music and a good storyline would offset her usual over-the-top star turn.
Production values were excellent and Fox spent plenty of money producing this one. Good support, especially dependable Charlie Ruggles. The male lead, Arturo DeCordoba, was lifeless and uncharismatic, his acting ranging from a pained,crestfallen look to a wan smile. I never thought I would say this let alone write it but Barry Fitzgerald was an annoying presence and spent a lot of his Irish charm in 'Going My Way". I did think the music would be a saving grace as there are many songs listed for this picture, but it was mostly incidental and background. She did sing a few songs in her inimitable style.
But the worst offense was the script which created and telegraphed artificial moments, falling flat in crucial spots and playing to the crowd too often. It is a stem-winder of a family picture for viewers of all ages, and the younger the better, I suppose.
This one is an 8x10 glossy for die-hard Hutton fans, all form and no substance.
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