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Wabash Avenue (1950)

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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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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$2,039,000
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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 »

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

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Ruby Summers: How did he get in here? Through what rat hole?
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Remake of Coney Island (1943) See more »

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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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Victor plucks the feathers off Betty and the next thing you know she's a STAR!
26 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

A quintessential Betty Grable vehicle from her time at the top of the Fox heap. Platinum blonde Betty is working as a flashy dance hall girl in Phil Harris's music emporium when Harris's old rival and sometimes best friend Victor Mature drops in with his stalwart sidekick, and comic relief, Reginald Gardiner.

In no time Vic has wheedled his way into co-managing the joint and come to loggerheads with the brassy Betty, who Harris is sweet on, but lickety split he refines her tastes and style at which point the pair fall for each other, Betty's discovered and hits the big time but with many bumps along the way until the completely expected happy ending.

Cotton candy fluff is no stretch for any of the performers but Betty's warmth and star power aided by Mature's braggadocio and both Gardiner and Harris's comic playing make it a pleasant diversion. Margaret Hamilton also pops in for a few brief scenes to add zest to the movie.

A must for Grable fans.


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