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Sweet Music (1935)

Passed | | Musical, Romance | 23 February 1935 (USA)
College band-leader "Skip" Houston keeps his band together after graduation, they turn professional, and they are a big hit on the radio and in nightclubs. He falls in love with Bonnie ... See full summary »

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College band-leader "Skip" Houston keeps his band together after graduation, they turn professional, and they are a big hit on the radio and in nightclubs. He falls in love with Bonnie Haydon, a dancer who hates him because he is constantly taunting her about her act and offering suggestions for improvements. She slowly learns that any engagements or work she has is because of Houston. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Melodias Radiantes  »

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Sidney Selzer: [pointing out to Skip Houston that the public doesn't seem to like Bonnie Haydon's performances] Ah, look at these letters. One fellow says her voice would sound better through a thick feather pillow. And they send them by airmail, so they can tell us *faster* how terrible they think she is! Am I right, Sigmund?
Sigmund Selzer: For once, you're right!
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Forty-Second Street
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Music by Harry Warren
Played by Rudy Vallee and His Connecticut Yankees (as Rudy Vallee's Connecticut Yankees)
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Rather enjoyable...
30 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

I was actually rather surprised that I enjoyed "Sweet Music" as much as I did. While I have enjoyed a few of Rudy Vallee's later films when he played supporting roles, I have never been in love with his starring roles. Plus, here he plays a super-nice guy...something that according to every source I have read (including IMDb), Vallee was notorious for mistreating everyone around him.

When the film begins, you get to see Vallee's band doing some of their hi jinks. It's rather clever and was a better than average musical number. The story that follows is about Skip Houston (Vallee) and his feud with a temperamental dancing and singing diva, Bonnie Haydon (Ann Dvorak). They bicker a lot...and most of it seems to be coming from Ms. Haydon. Despite this, Houston is such a swell guy that he works hard to try to get Haydon's career off the ground. But when it falters, she unfairly blames Skip and that's sad...as they've begun to fall in love. Can things be righted and everyone live happily ever after? Or, will Skip's idiot publicity agent (Allen Jenkins) keep doing his best to foul up everything?

The music in the film was okay...but a few of the songs were rather goofy and that helped make the film more watchable. Also, the film was well written and very pleasant viewing. Worth your time.


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