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On the Avenue (1937)

Approved | | Musical, Comedy, Romance | 12 February 1937 (USA)
Broadway producer satirizes an important New York family. The family sues but their daughter falls in love with producer.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Gene Markey (screen play), William M. Conselman (screen play) (as William Conselman)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Powell ... Gary Blake
Madeleine Carroll ... Mimi Caraway
Alice Faye ... Mona Merrick
The Ritz Brothers ... Performers (as Ritz Brothers)
George Barbier ... Commodore Caraway
Alan Mowbray ... Frederick Sims
Cora Witherspoon ... Aunt Fritz
Walter Catlett ... Jake Dibble
Douglas Fowley ... Eddie Eads
Joan Davis ... Miss Katz
Stepin Fetchit ... Herman
Sig Ruman ... Herr Hanfstangel (as Sig Rumann)
Billy Gilbert ... Joe Papaloupas
E.E. Clive ... Cabby
Douglas Wood Douglas Wood ... Mr. Trivet
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Storyline

A new Broadway show starring Gary Blake shamelessly lampoons the rich Carraway family. To get her own back, daughter Mimi sets out to ensnare Blake, but the courtship is soon for real, to the annoyance of his co-star, hoofing chanteuse Mona Merrick. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Na bulvaru See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Despite introducing three Irving Berlin classics ("This Year's Kisses," "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" with Dick Powell, and "Slumming on Park Avenue," followed by The Ritz Brothers in drag), Alice Faye, already well established in screen musicals, received only third billing, below the film title. Mr. Powell and non-vocalizing Madeline Carroll placed above Miss Faye. See more »

Goofs

In his third and final scene, actor Stepin Fetchit tells Dick Powell that Mimi is on the phone. His character name is Herman, but Powell says "Thanks Step." See more »

Connections

Featured in Take It or Leave It (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

This Year's Kisses
(1937) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Sung by Alice Faye with piano accompaniment at rehearsal
Reprised by Faye at Tony's Restaurant
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Berlin makes it
10 September 2013 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

Silly backstage story with a beautiful but uninteresting leading lady in Madeleine Carroll, this 20th Century Fox musical is buoyed by a couple of happy factors: third-billed Alice Faye, in the last of her kewpie-doll roles (after this she was always a noble leading lady, and arguably less interesting), and an excellent Irving Berlin score. Berlin had his pulse on pop music of the times like nobody else, and he delivers sumptuous ballads, rhythm numbers, and social satire from a seemingly bottomless bag of inspiration. Dick Powell, stuck with playing the sort of insipid roles he hated at Warners, doesn't seem that happy, and Cora Witherspoon, as Carroll's dotty aunt, dithers in a part that almost certainly was designed for Alice Brady. But Faye's "This Year's Kisses" and "Slumming on Park Avenue" are fabulous, and the Ritz Brothers, while nobody's favorite comedy team, are well used. It's fast and unpretentious, and rest assured, another good Berlin tune is always coming up.


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