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Oh, You Beautiful Doll (1949)

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In the early 1900s, song plugger Larry Kelly chances to meet Alfred Breitenbach, poor opera composer...and his lovely daughter Doris, who falls for Larry. To improve their acquaintance, ... See full summary »

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Stars: Walter Brennan, Jeanne Crain, Charlotte Greenwood
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Complete credited cast:
Mark Stevens ...
June Haver ...
Doris Fisher
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Fred Fisher aka Alfred Breitenbach
Charlotte Greenwood ...
Anna Breitenbach
Gale Robbins ...
Marie Carle
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Lippy Brannigan
Andrew Tombes ...
Ted Held
...
Gottfried Steiner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sam Ash ...
Quartette Member (scenes deleted)
Warren Jackson ...
Quartette Member (scenes deleted)
Donald Kerr ...
Quartette Member (scenes deleted)
Al Klein ...
Quartette Member (scenes deleted)
Frank Kreig ...
Headwaiter (scenes deleted)
Nestor Paiva ...
Lucca (scenes deleted)
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In the early 1900s, song plugger Larry Kelly chances to meet Alfred Breitenbach, poor opera composer...and his lovely daughter Doris, who falls for Larry. To improve their acquaintance, Doris conspires with Larry to turn her father's opera melodies into popular songs. Alfred, reluctant but needing cash, adopts the pen name Fred Fisher. Affluence results, but when Alfred realizes his opera is vanishing bit by bit, he wants to bring the career of "Fred Fisher" to a halt... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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OH, THAT BEAUTIFUL GAL... (original print media ad - all caps) See more »

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9 January 1950 (Sweden)  »

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute CBS Radio adaptation of the movie on April 16, 1951 with Joan Caulfield, George Jessel, and Bob Crosby. See more »

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Referenced in Dancing in the Dark (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Peg o' My Heart
Written by Fred Fisher
Lyrics by Al Bryan
Performed by Mark Stevens (dubbed by Bill Shirley) and June Haver (dubbed by Bonnie Lou Williams) (reprised by chorus)
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June Haver in a Another Fox Period Musical
22 July 2004 | by (Ottawa) – See all my reviews

"Oh, You Beautiful Doll" is rather underestimated 20th-Century Fox musical that can be best appreciated if you have seen or liked the similar Gay 90s musicals the studio churned out throughout the 1940s. I saw it for the wonderful June Haver who, along with Alice Faye and Betty Grable, is one of my favorite musical stars of the 1940s and early 50s.

It's not that great -- but not ghastly either, if you take it for what it is: Another of Fox's glossy turn-of-the-century musicals that, despite its apparent banalities, may cheer you up thanks to the lively tunes and stars' charisma. "Oh You Beautiful Doll" features Haver as Doris Fisher, the bubbling, charismatic daughter of a famous opera composer Fred Fisher (S.Z. "Cuddles" Sakall). Fisher, whose actual name is Alfred Breitenbach, is a straightforward, hard working musician who unexpectedly finds success at Tin Pan Alley when a happy-go-lucky song plugger Larry Kelly (Mark Stevens) steals Fisher's songs for some of the popular tunes of the day. Doris falls for Larry despite her father's protests. I was surprised to see that Haver seems to work well with Stevens, and their collaboration here is much more satisfying than their previous, soapy "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now"(1947).

John M. Stahl's direction is quite routine, but the Technicolor & period setting are as usual glorious and lovely to look at. The songs and numbers are generally well done. The best numbers are "Peg O' My Heart", "Oh You Beautiful Doll", "I Want You To Want Me To Want You", "When I Get You Alone Tonight".

Worth a look.


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