Father Conroy (Crosby) has a parish which serves the acting and performance community. When one of his parishoners gets too sick to work, his daughter Holly (Reynolds) finds a job working ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Father Conroy
Holly LeMaise aka Conroy
Tony Vincent
Phil Stanley
Harry LaMaise
Connie Gilchrist ...
Jim Dugan
Joe Greb
Alena Murray ...
Nina Shipman ...
Fay Flagg
Judy Harriet ...
June January aka Dawn Easter


Father Conroy (Crosby) has a parish which serves the acting and performance community. When one of his parishoners gets too sick to work, his daughter Holly (Reynolds) finds a job working for a dance club of questionable character, which is run by Tony Vincent (Wagner). Vincent never made the big time, and Father Conroy tries to look after Holly. There are many musical numbers, and the conclusion is a televised benefit show hosted by Father Conroy, and Tony must choose between Holly and national fame. Written by Scott Jentsch <sjentsch@execpc.com>

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Release Date:

24 July 1959 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Divino o profano  »

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(Westrex Recording System)


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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the films included in "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time (and how they got that way)" by Harry Medved and Randy Lowell. See more »


[to his agent]
Tony Vincent: I'm going so high, it'll make your nose bleed!
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Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »


The Night Rock and Roll Died
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Sung by Judy Harriet
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sweet re-watchable movie
6 December 2003 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I agree with the previous comment this is an underrated movie. One which many years ago I had taped (on Beta format) transferred to VHS and has watched in dismay the tape fail as the years have gone by. I've looked in vain for a copy and wasn't I delighted when today I caught it on TV (and taped it with loving care)!! I have watched this movie every Christmas for about 25 years; the songs are not classics but they are fun and you won't grow tired of them. The wit between Wagner and Reynolds is sharp without going over the line for the era that the movie was filmed but also the humor isn't too dated for the present time either. The movie deals with adult themes without being dark; unwedded parenthood, alcoholism, the church's need to accommodate with the times. Wagner looks wonderful and Debbie is in her prime. They have good scenes together and smolder well. I love the scene where they are dancing in a club and he gives her insight to his character and the past that molded him, the look she gave him when she realized that he was showing her off to old buds, well I was a young innocent when I first saw this film and I knew the effect it had on her! Watch this movie; a classic it is not (except to me) but it is fun and time well spent- if you can find!

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