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The Best Things in Life Are Free (1956)

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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Cast

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Ray Henderson
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Lew Brown
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Kitty Kane
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Carl Frisbee
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Manny Costain
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Maggie Henderson
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Winfield Sheehan
Tony Galento ...
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Norman Brooks ...
Jacques d'Amboise ...
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Perky Nichols
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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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El encanto de vivir  »

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Trivia

"Strike Me Pink", the near-flop musical depicted at the end of the movie, had a Broadway run of three months (122 performances - a not-atypical run for a musical during the depths of the Great Depression) at the Majestic Theatre in the spring of 1933. The Samuel Goldwyn Company filmed Strike Me Pink (1936) three years later. Although this film shows the song "The Best Things in Life Are Free" being performed in the play, it does not appear in the song lists of the IMDb entry for the movie or the Internet Broadway Database entry for the play. See more »

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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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References Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) See more »

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Lucky Day
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Lew Brown and Buddy G. DeSylva
Sung by Dan Dailey
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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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