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"The Girl Rush" doesn't have anything to do with "Wonderful Town" other than the fact that Rosalind Russell starred in both. She did "Wonderful Town" on Broadway, which was a musical version of "My Sister Eileen". "The Girl Rush" was a totally different vehicle, but was her first movie musical. Written by
After film roles got somewhat scarce for Rosalind Russell as they were for so many of her contemporaries when television became popular she went to Broadway and collected herself a Tony for Wonderful Town which was the musical adaption of one of her films My Sister Eileen. Why she didn't star in the film version of that is our loss, but her husband Frederick Brisson was a producer of note. He produced this film for his wife which got a Paramount release. He and Roz also obtained a pair of male co-stars who also did musicals on Broadway, Fernando Lamas in Happy Hunting Ground and Eddie Albert in Miss Liberty.
Nothing terribly memorable about The Girl Rush. Roz is a gambler's daughter stuck in New England with her maiden aunt Marion Lorne when she learns she's inherited a Las Vegas hotel and casino. The only problem is that her dad's partner James Gleason blew the ownership at Fernando Lamas's crap table next door. She's got only days to get it back by hook or crook.
Maybe millionaire Eddie Albert can help if he can take his eyes off the casino attraction Gloria DeHaven. But Fernando is a gambler in the tradition of dear old dad. I think you can see where this is going.
Both Roz and Gloria get to strut their musical stuff and Lamas and Albert both prove to have some nice singing notes. Nothing memorable in the Hugh Martin-Ralph Blane score, but it's serviceable enough.
Too bad The Girl Rush came just as Hollywood was closing out doing musicals for the most part. If only MGM knew about Russell when she was a young contract player with them.
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