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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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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

Betty Grable starred in this remake as well as the original, Coney Island (1943). 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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Soundtracks

BILLY (I ALWAYS DREAM OF BILL)
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Written by James Kendis and Herman Paley
Lyrics by Joe Goodwin
Sung by Betty Grable
Danced by Betty Grable and male chorus
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Smart, funny dialogue and songs...but the casting works against the plot
8 December 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Remake of 1943's "Coney Island" (both starring Betty Grable!) has Victor Mature (in suits and straw hats) playing a hustler-showman conning old acquaintance Phil Harris into going in business together in 1890s Chicago. Seems nightclub owner Harris has scuffled with a rowdy drunk and believes he's killed him; Mature holds this over his head and steals his girl in the process! Screenwriter Charles Lederer has penned a great deal of smart, sassy patter (broken up every now and again by cute musical numbers), but he fumbles what little plot there is. Lederer also isn't helped by the casting: Phil Harris seems like such a genuinely nice guy (with a big, gregarious smile) that Mature comes off a bit cold-hearted by contrast (he's not the dashing romantic intended). Grable is very lively on stage and funny in a catfight scene with a showgirl; she keeps a heated temper throughout and gives the movie a good goosing. Also funny is Margaret Hamilton in small role as a crusader for decency (no one displays comic indignation better than Hamilton). Fox production values a bit low, although the trick photography during a ferris wheel sequence is well done and Harris has a funny bit there inadvertently proposing to a sailor. ** from ****


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