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Diamond Horseshoe (1945)

Approved | | Musical | May 1945 (USA)
A medical student who wants to be a crooner gets involved with a showgirl who has an ulterior motive.

Director:

George Seaton

Writers:

George Seaton (written for the screen by), Kenyon Nicholson (play) (as John Kenyon Nicholson)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Betty Grable ... Bonnie Collins
Dick Haymes ... Joe Davis Jr.
Phil Silvers ... Blinkie Miller
William Gaxton ... Joe Davis Sr.
Beatrice Kay ... Claire Williams
Carmen Cavallaro ... Carmen Cavallaro
Willie Solar Willie Solar ... Double-Talking Singer Comedian
Margaret Dumont ... Mrs. Standish
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Storyline

Joe Davis Sr., headliner at a big nightclub, is visited by medical student son Joe Jr., who to Dad's chagrin wants to be a crooner, and soon comes between Dad and his girlfriend Claire. So glamorous dancer Bonnie is enlisted to distract Junior. Which does Bonnie want more, the fur coat or true love? Plot is a framework for numerous Ziegfeld style stage productions. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of the first Hollywood films to make fun of the jargon of Freudian psychoanalysis. See more »

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Referenced in Robert Osborne's 20th Anniversary Tribute (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

A Nickel's Worth of Jive
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung and Danced by Betty Grable
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Another fun Fox musical starring Betty Grable
8 January 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe" is another effervescent Fox musical in Technicolor starring Betty Grable, this time supported by Dick Haymes, Phil Silvers, William Gaxton and Beatrice Kay. Grable plays Bonnie Collins, a performer at the Horseshoe who doesn't get along with the head guy, Joe Davis Sr. (Gaxton). When Joe Davis Jr. arrives (Haymes), Senior turns his attention to Junior, ignoring his girlfriend Claire (Kay). Junior has decided to try his hand at show business and forget his studies to be a doctor, to the chagrin of his dad. Desperate to get the kid out of the way, Claire asks Bonnie to pretend she likes Junior and then dump him, figuring that Junior's ego won't allow him to stick around. The prize for doing this is a fur coat of Claire's that Bonnie has always envied. Of course, the inevitable occurs.

Grable looks fabulous in a variety of costumes and is very funny as Bonnie, who is annoyed at first by Junior's attention. She has some good numbers - "Shoo Shoo Baby" and "A Nickel's Worth of Dime," plus a reprise of "More than You Know." Dick Haymes' lyrical sound is delightful singing "I Want to Know" and "The More I See You." Silvers has a great comic bit at a dinner table. The one off note is William Gaxton's character of Joe, who for most of the movie is absolutely hateful and so nasty to poor Claire, you want to slap him.

Great entertainment, the kind of stuff that made Betty so popular.


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