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Up in Central Park (1948)

 -  Comedy | Musical  -  July 1948 (USA)
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A newspaper reporter and the daughter of an immigrant maintenance man help expose political corruption in New York City.

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Rosie Moore
Dick Haymes ...
John Matthews
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Albert Sharpe ...
Timothy Moore
Tom Powers ...
Rogan
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Mayor Oakley
Thurston Hall ...
Governor Motley
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Myron Schultz
Mary Field ...
Miss Murch
Tom Pedi ...
O'Toole
Moroni Olsen ...
Big Jim Fitts
William Skipper ...
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Nellie Fisher ...
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A newspaper reporter and the daughter of an immigrant maintenance man help expose political corruption in New York City.

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O Tirano da Cidade  »

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A best-selling Bing Crosby record on Decca in 1945, "Close as Pages in a Book" (music by Sigmund Romberg, lyrics by Dorothy Fields), sung by Deanna Durbin and Dick Haymes, did not go over well among preview attendees, so the duet was cut from this film. The melody is played over the opening credits and again over the end title. In Britain, the prerecording has been issued on the 2004 Jasmine CD, "Dick Haymes in Hollywood." See more »

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Pace, pace mio Dio
(uncredited)
from the opera "La forza del destino"
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Sung by Deanna Durbin
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Pleasant if disappointing
12 October 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Not a bad film, in fact quite good, just a little underwhelming at the same time. It has a lot of things to like, there are a lot of omissions(We'll be close as Pages in a Book- though it's used as a cue at the end- and Fireman's Bride being the glaring omissions) but the music is still absolutely beautiful, the sprightly Oh Say, Can You See standing out. Pace, Pace Mio Dio from La Forza Del Destino is beautifully sung and is one of Verdi's best but most difficult soprano arias. The script is delightfully witty, and the story while not the most exceptional in the world is compelling. The choreography and dancing is professional and danced with elegance. In terms of scenes, Durbin's and Price's scenes are a joy but the highlight is the great Currier and Ives ballet. Deanna Durbin is just radiant and brings girlish naiveté to good effect, she's in great voice too, love the richness. Vincent Price is perfectly cast, while he's at his best in the menacing yet sympathetic roles he'd take on later it's easy to love how suave, handsome, smarmy and charismatic he is. Albert Sharpe is also good. Other than the omissions of some of the best songs of Up in Central Park or reducing them to musical cues, the scant length and Dick Haymes' at times likable but stiff performance(he does have a nice voice though and in all fairness his material is not as juicy as Durbin's and Price's), it's in the production values where Up in Central Park falls down most on. The costumes are fine, but the sets are rather stuffy and the use of locations are far too restricted, any opportunities of seeing the locations properly are not used to full effect and the likes of the zoo and carousel are only seen in as much as a few shots. In conclusion, a pleasant film and a good vehicle for Durbin(essentially what it was billed as)- though Price comes extremely close to stealing the show from under her- but at the same time it's disappointing. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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