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Wabash Avenue (1950)

 |  Musical  |  24 May 1950 (Sweden)
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Andy Clark discovers he was cheated out of a half interest in partner Mike's business, now a thriving dance hall in 1892 Chicago. Unable to win it back, Andy schemes to make Mike's position... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ruby Summers
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Andy Clark
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Mike Stanley
Reginald Gardiner ...
English Eddie
James Barton ...
Harrigan
Barry Kelley ...
Sam - Bouncer
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Tillie Hutch
Jacqueline Dalya ...
Cleo
Robin Raymond ...
Jennie
Hal K. Dawson ...
Healy
Dorothy Neumann ...
Reformer
Alexander Pope ...
Charlie Saxe
Henry Kulky ...
Joe Barton
Marie Bryant ...
Elsa
Collette Lyons ...
Beulah
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Storyline

Andy Clark discovers he was cheated out of a half interest in partner Mike's business, now a thriving dance hall in 1892 Chicago. Unable to win it back, Andy schemes to make Mike's position untenable. He also hopes to turn Ruby Summers, Mike's motor-mouthed burlesque queen, into a classier entertainer, and incidentally to make her his own. But at the last minute, Andy's revenge comes unravelled. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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24 May 1950 (Sweden)  »

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Chicagon Venus  »

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$2,115,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia

Paul Douglas was originally set to star. See more »

Goofs

Ruby sings and dances "The Shimmy" (composed in 1917) before attending the Chicago World's Fair of 1893. See more »

Quotes

Ruby Summers: Did you tell him?
Andy Clark: Uh huh.
Ruby Summers: How did he take it?
Andy Clark: Straight out of the bottle.
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Connections

Remake of Coney Island (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

DOWN ON WABASH AVENUE
Music by Josef Myrow
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by chorus behind credits; chorus girls; Betty Grable
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My kind of town, Chicago
4 April 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This remake of "Coney Island" has director Henry Koster taking the action to Chicago at the turn of the last century. Perhaps the change of locale was an attempt to mask the fact this was a film already done before with only a few years of difference.

The cast assembled for this film is colorful. Victor Mature is Andy, an enterprising young man who has an eye for the finer things in life. Betty Grable makes the most of her role with Ruby, the star at the center of the action. Both Mr. Mature and Ms. Grable prove to be a winning combination in the way they interact with each other.

Phil Harris is seen as Mike, who is in love with Ruby. There is a hilarious scene in which a poker game is taken place in which is clearly Mike has cheated, but there's no proof of it. He should have six cards in his possession, but when he shows them to everyone in the table there are the allowed five. A moment later we realize what has happened to the sixth one!

Reginald Gardiner, James Barton and Margaret Hamilton make excellent contributions to the film. The songs reflect the period in which the action takes place. It's surprising also the Technicolor used in the film doesn't look faded.


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