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Ray Henderson joins Buddy De Sylva and Lew Brown to form a successful 1920s musical show writing team. They soon have several hits on Broadway but De Sylva's personal ambition leads to ... See full summary »

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Ray Henderson
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Lew Brown
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Kitty Kane
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Carl Frisbee
Murvyn Vye ...
Manny Costain
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Maggie Henderson
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Winfield Sheehan
Tony Galento ...
Fingers
Norman Brooks ...
Jacques d'Amboise ...
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Roxanne Arlen ...
Perky Nichols
Byron Palmer ...
Hollywood Star
Linda Brace ...
Jeannie Henderson
Patty Lou Hudson ...
Susie Henderson
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Ray Henderson joins Buddy De Sylva and Lew Brown to form a successful 1920s musical show writing team. They soon have several hits on Broadway but De Sylva's personal ambition leads to friction as the other two increasingly feel left out of things. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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John O'Hara's flaming portrait of the jazz age... and the guys and gals who made it Zing!

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28 September 1956 (USA)  »

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Fanfaren der Freude  »

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An establishing shot of Times Square in New York City, supposed to be taking place around 1930, clearly shows 1950s automobiles in the traffic. See more »

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Birth of the Blues
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Lew Brown and Buddy G. DeSylva
Danced by Sheree North and Jacques d'Amboise
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Bland composer bio in CinemaScope

This was the swan song of a genre - that of the fictional composer biography

  • that began with MGM's TILL THE CLOUDS ROLL BY in 1946. It looks pretty


tired now. The unusual writing team of three men (Henderson,Brown and DeSylva) is presented in pretty blase Hollywood terms, even though it's in CinemaScope (Fox used the same title writing and backgrounds as it had for another of its Scope features that year, CAROUSEL). The scoring earned an Oscar nom but it's nothing special. The costumes are lavish and did deserve the nod. This is another of those musicals where you come out humming the costumes. Unremarkable and ordinary. Although you DO get to see and hear Ernest Borgnine sing and dance. Adults are non-plussed at the sight and it makes small children cry.


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