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Painting the Clouds with Sunshine (1951)

 -  Musical  -  10 October 1951 (USA)
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When boyfriend Vince Nichols won't give up his gambling, Abby joins vaudeville partners Carol and June in a trek to Las Vegas searching for millionaires, followed by playboy Ted Lansing ... See full summary »

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Dennis Morgan ...
Vince Nichols
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Carol
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Ted Lansing
Lucille Norman ...
Abby
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Uncle Felix
Virginia Gibson ...
June
Tom Conway ...
Bennington Lansing
Wallace Ford ...
Sam Parks
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When boyfriend Vince Nichols won't give up his gambling, Abby joins vaudeville partners Carol and June in a trek to Las Vegas searching for millionaires, followed by playboy Ted Lansing with a big crush on Abby. When the girls learn that uncle Felix Hoff is going broke with his casino, Abby accepts Ted because of his wealth. Arriving to halt the nuptials is Ted's banker cousin from Boston, Bennington, and an irate Vince. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Warner Bros. musical that out-shines 'em all! See more »

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10 October 1951 (USA)  »

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Alâimisema Ülkesi  »

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Of this picture, director David Butler said, "That was the worst of the whole bunch I made. I thought it was terrible, and I think the audience agreed with me." See more »

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Remake of Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929) See more »

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Painting the Clouds with Sunshine
(uncredited)
Music by Joseph A. Burke
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by an off-screen chorus during the opening credits
Also sung by Dennis Morgan and Lucille Norman
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Great Leroy Prinz Choreography
23 April 2011 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This color remake of the landmark 'Gold Diggers' series of musicals of the 1930s is a pretty limp effort, despite individual bits that are excellent. 'Cuddles' Sakall is present for his usual Bavarian doubletalk, partnered, for some reason, with Wallace Ford playing a knife-throwing dessert rat. Dennis Morgan, tailing off in his Warners' career, plays the other guy. Basically this is a typical Warners musical of the era: a lightweight, retread plot and songs lifted from the catalogue. All it misses is Doris Day and she turned down the script.

The real point of this movie is the dance numbers, featuring lead Gene Nelson with choreography by Warners' stalwart dance director Leroy Prinz. Nelson never really became a star, but he was as fine a dancer as any, averaging much more athletic and balletic than headliners Astaire and Kelly; his signature step was a leap onto a table from the floor. Prinz directs him perfectly with monochromatically colored lights that allow him to act and move without words. 'Birth of the Blues' is the real highlight of the film.

Alas, aside from those moments, it's pretty much of a rote production. See it once for the dance numbers and be done.


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