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


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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Release Date:

24 May 1950 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Chicagon Venus  »

Box Office


$2,115,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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


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 Biography: Betty Grable: Behind the Pin-up (1995) See more »


Music by Al Piantadosi
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
Sung by Betty Grable
Danced by Betty Grable and Walter Long
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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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