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Tin Pan Alley (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 29 November 1940 (USA)
Songwriters Calhoun and Harrigan get Katie and Lily Blane to introduce a new one. Lily goes to England, and Katy joins her after the boys give a new song to Nora Bayes. All are reunited ... See full summary »


Walter Lang


Robert Ellis (screen play), Helen Logan (screen play) | 1 more credit »
Won 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Alice Faye ... Katie Blane
Betty Grable ... Lily Blane
Jack Oakie ... Harry Calhoun
John Payne ... Skeets Harrigan
Allen Jenkins ... Casey
Esther Ralston ... Nora Bayes
The Nicholas Brothers ... Dance Specialty
Ben Carter ... Boy
John Loder ... Reggie Carstair
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Joe Codd
Fred Keating ... Harvey Raymond
Billy Gilbert ... Sheik
Lillian Porter Lillian Porter ... Telephone Operator
Princess Vanessa Ammon Princess Vanessa Ammon ... Specialty
The Brian Sisters The Brian Sisters ... Specialty (as Brian Sisters)


Songwriters Calhoun and Harrigan get Katie and Lily Blane to introduce a new one. Lily goes to England, and Katy joins her after the boys give a new song to Nora Bayes. All are reunited when the boys, now in the army, show up in England. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Drama | Musical | Romance


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"He'd Have to Get Under - Get Out and Get Under (to Fix Up His Automobile)" (music by Maurice Abrahams, lyrics by Grant Clarke and Edgar Leslie), performed by Alice Faye, Betty Grable and Jack Oakie, was cut from this film. See more »

Alternate Versions

Original theatrical release prints contained the song "Get Out and Get Under", sung by Alice Faye to a group of open-air cafe patrons. The song was deleted shortly after the film's opening. The 1994 VHS release of "Tin Pan Alley" does contain the song as an extra feature. See more »


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The Sheik of Araby
(1921) (uncredited)
Music by Ted Snyder
Lyrics by Harry B. Smith and Francis Wheeler
Sung and danced by Billy Gilbert, Betty Grable, Alice Faye, Princess Vanessa Ammon,
Fayard Nicholas, Harold Nicholas, and chorus girls in London production number
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The Sheik of Araby
12 April 2003 | by KalamanSee all my reviews

"Tin Pan Alley" is a serviceable if slightly undernourished musical extravaganza starring Alice Faye, John Payne, Betty Grable, Jackie Oakie. I thought it would turn out to be as memorable and enchanting as Faye's greatest musicals like "That Night in Rio" or "Hello Frisco Hello" also co-starring John Payne, but it is nowhere near them. There is a sense that something is missing; the idea is there but somehow it doesn't quite coalesce, even despite the luminous presence of Faye. Nevertheless, it has one of the most spectacular dance and musical numbers ever staged: "The Sheik of Araby" - featuring Faye, Grable, and the Nicholas Brothers who also appeared in Grable's previous hit wonder, "Down Argentine Way". The dance number has a spark and excitement most of the movie lacks.

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Release Date:

29 November 1940 (USA) See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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