The 1920's and 30's career of singer Helen Morgan is followed from her early days singing outdoors in a carnival, through her speak-easy and chorus-girl days, to her stardom on Broadway in Ziegfeld's "Show Boat". Her involvement with Larry Maddux, a gin-runner and con-man, and Russell Wade, a prominent, married New York lawyer, and her decline thanks to these failed romances and alcohol are punctuated by performances of many of the songs she made famous. Written by
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Her Real Story From Real Life!
Did You Know?
, who plays himself, appeared with the real Helen Morgan
in three productions of "Show Boat" - the original 1927 Broadway stage production, the first Broadway revival in 1932, and the 1936 film version. White played the comic role of hoofer Frank Schultz in "Show Boat". See more
When Larry robs the liquor warehouse, he pulls out a crate at the top of a stack. The crate directly beneath it partially pulls out under it, too, and it tilts down slightly. If the case was filled with full liquor bottles, as it supposedly would have been, it would have been too heavy to have moved in this way. See more
Do yourself a favor. Hire the kid.
I hope your hooch is better than your suggestion, Larry. What's the canary to you.
Nuthin'. I'm just a music lover. Besides, I don't go for that sad stuff she sings.
I Want to Be Happy
Music by Vincent Youmans
Lyrics by Irving Caesar
Performed by a vocal group at the after-show party See more