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If I Had My Way (1940)

Approved | | Comedy , Musical | 26 April 1940 (USA)
When a fellow bridge builder is killed in an accident, two of his co-workers bring his now orphaned daughter to New York to be adopted by relatives.

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David Butler
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Buzz Blackwell
Gloria Jean ... Patricia Johnson
Charles Winninger ... Joe Johnson
El Brendel ... Axel Swenson
Allyn Joslyn ... Jarvis Johnson
Claire Dodd ... Brenda Johnson
Moroni Olsen ... Mr. Blair
Nana Bryant ... Marian Johnson
Donald Woods ... Fred Johnson
Kathryn Adams ... Miss Corbett
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julian Eltinge ... Julian Eltinge
Trixie Friganza ... Trixie Friganza
Grace La Rue Grace La Rue ... Grace La Rue
Eddie Leonard Eddie Leonard ... Eddie Leonard
Six Hits and a Miss Six Hits and a Miss ... Six Hits and a Miss - Singing Group
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Storyline

Bridge construction worker Fred Johnson is raising his twelve year old daughter after his wife's death, but when he is killed suddenly in an accident, responsibility falls to his two friends, Buzz Blackwell and Axel Swenson. They bring young Pat to New York, but are given the brush by Fred's well-to-do brother and his socialite wife. They end up making contact with her elderly great-uncle, an unsuccessful vaudevillian, and his wife, who are only too happy to raise the youngster. Unfortunately the money that would make that possible is used by Axel to buy a failing Swedish restaurant drowning in red ink. In order to salvage their investment, Buzz comes up with a novel idea. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Petite et charmante See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Restored DVD edition)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Marian Johnson: Buzz is right. Who wants to sit in a Swedish garden?
Axel Swenson: Swedes!
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Soundtracks

Little Grey Home In The West
Music by Hermann Lohr
Lyrics by D. Eardley-Wilmot
Performed by Gloria Jean
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Julian Eltinge, 2 Other Credited Broadway Stars Cut from DVD
22 July 2007 | by duganekSee all my reviews

The TV prints of this film cut the "let's put the show on here" finale which included the brilliant star Julian Eltinge. Thus I was thrilled to acquire the new DVD so that at long last I could hear his fabled singing voice. His performance in the available silent Madame Behave had made me a dedicated fan, but finding more of his work has been frustrating. Alas -- Eltinge, along with prominently billed Broadway stars Trixie Friganza and Grace La Rue are STILL missing from the commercial DVD of this film, although he is mentioned in PR and on the box! We DO get to see Eddie Leonard (in black face!) and Blanche Ring (Does anyone actually view these films before promoting and selling them?)


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