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Tin Pan Alley (1940)

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 »

Director:

Walter Lang

Writers:

Robert Ellis (screen play), Helen Logan (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida é uma Canção See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"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 »


Soundtracks

Take Me Back to Melody Lane
(uncredited)
Written by Dave Reed Jr.
Played during the opening credits and sung by an unidentified woman
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The catchy music and fine form of the stars make this film tops.
17 February 2001 | by Peter CavaghanSee all my reviews

From the first time I saw Tin Pan Alley I played it over and over, because I enjoyed the music so much and the stars were in top form. While I rarely seek out the actors in films made to-day, I tune into any old film featuring Alice Faye, John Payne, Betty Grable or Jack Oakie, hoping to find something just as engaging. The unabashed sentimentality of the music and simple straight forward humour make it a refreshing change from to-day's tasteless films. While Alice Faye tackles the love songs with John Payne, as a consumate professional, I am always sure he is using a lot of self control not break into laughter, and that they had a lot of fun making the movie.


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