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Robert Emmett Tansey
In 1924, stage-struck Boston blueblood Hannah Adams picks up musical star Tim O'Connor and takes him home for dinner. One thing leads to another, and when Tim's show rolls on to Chicago a new Mrs. O'Connor comes along as incompetent chorus girl. Hollywood beckons, and we follow the star careers of the O'Connor family in silents and talkies. Includes good imitation "silents" with classic cameo by Buster Keaton. Written by
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Anne Baxter's gorgeous, Dan Dailey's fairly irritating; they get married and the film sprints through six years or so as they get involved with musicals, song and dance routines, silent films, talkies and their daughter's first movie.
Baxter's as watchable as ever, but although this is enjoyable enough in a low level way, it races along far too quickly and suffers from a final half hour that's pretty damn dull. Another mark in the minus column comes thanks to the racial stereotyping, which hits a low point when Dailey blacks up to play a butler. Simpler times and all that, but it's pretty offensive stuff.
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