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A tunesmith, a user and an out-and-out heel, puts the stories of his broken romances into song, turning old love letters into lyrics, and capitalizing on the death of his best friend to turn it into the subject of a tear-jerker that turns into a hit.Written by
Two musical sequences, totaling 878 feet, were filmed in 2-strip Technicolor, and occur in Reels #4 & #6, and survive in the TCM print. The first number, The Woman in the Shoe, was re-used in Nertsery Rhymes (1933) and the second number, Blue Daughter of Heaven, was re-used in Roast-Beef and Movies (1934). See more »
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer also released this movie as a silent. See more »
Originally announced for William Haines and Bessie Love
This backstage musical a la THE Broadway MELODY about love and angst behind the footlights was based on a famously nasty novel by Nell Martin. Haines and Love balked at the idea of playing in such a nasty plot so MGM had it re-written (watered down) and brought in stage stars Charles Kaley and Ethelind Terry, and ingenue Marion Shilling. Creaky and a little slow in places but very interesting for the music and the 2-strip Technicolor.
Kaley (who slightly resembles Haines) plays a user. He latches on to anyone or anything that will get him ahead. He uses women (Shilling and Gwen Lee) as well as his partner (Cliff Edwards). But while he meets his match in the grasping Ethelind Terry (the original star of RIO RITA on Broadway), he's not the one who pays.
One good song: "Should I" which one used in SINGIN'IN THE RAIN decades later. Co-stars included Benny Rubin, Drew Demorest, Eddie Kane, Rita Flynn, and the voice of Jack Benny. Ann Dvorak is in the chorus.
Shilling and Edwards, perhaps, come off best.
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