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Cast

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Ruby Summers
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Andy Clark
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Mike Stanley
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English Eddie
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Harrigan
Barry Kelley ...
Sam - Bouncer
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Tillie Hutch
Jacqueline Dalya ...
Cleo
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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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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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Trivia

By declining to play Ruby Summers, Alice Faye passed up appearing on screen with her husband and then-radio co-star, Phil Harris. 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: Why, you overgrown, dime-a-dozen wiseacre pig-puss! Who made your clothes? Or did you grow 'em yourself?
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Featured in The Girl Can't Help It (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
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Music by Juventino Rosas
Played when they all get on the Ferris wheel
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Grable leads knock out chorus line
25 February 2010 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

Ruby Summers (Betty Grable) plays the main attraction at a Chicago burlesque theater run by Mike Stanley (Phil Harris), when Andy Clark (Victor Mature) an old acquaintance, shows up. Set around the turn of the century, with references to Oscar Hammerstein and the suffragette movement (a scene with Margaret Hamilton playing the leader of a militant band intent on wiping out these kinds of establishments leads her girls into Harris' club). The film has numerous musical numbers with Grable dressed up in some stunning outfits, as she sings and dances across the stage backed up by knock-out chorus line girls. The arrival of Harrigan (James Barton) as a heavy drinking tap dancer, energizes an already fast paced film. Phil Harris' part as the slightly crooked owner of the club is great as he and Mature outmaneuver each other for Grable, who looks great in the outfits, with the whole thing glamorized by lush Technicolor.


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