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Doll Face (1945)

Burlesque star (Blaine) makes it in the big time.

Director:

Lewis Seiler

Writers:

Harold Buchman (adaptation), Gypsy Rose Lee (play) (as Louise Hovick) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vivian Blaine ... Mary Elizabeth 'Doll Face' Carroll
Dennis O'Keefe ... Michael Francis 'Mike' Hannegan
Perry Como ... Nicky Ricci
Carmen Miranda ... Chita Chula
Martha Stewart ... Frankie Porter
Stephen Dunne ... Frederick Manly Gerard (as Michael Dunne)
Reed Hadley ... Flo Hartman
Stanley Prager ... Flo's Aide
Charles Tannen ... Flo's Aide
George E. Stone ... Stage Manager
Frank Orth ... Peters
Donald MacBride ... Lawyer Ferguson (as Donald McBride)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bando da Lua Bando da Lua ... Themselves, Carmen Miranda's Orchestra
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Storyline

Burlesque queen Doll Face Carroll is dismissed from an audition for a legitimate Broadway show because she's considered unrefined. Her boss/manager, Mike, decides that she can acquire some polish and also get plenty of publicity by writing her autobiography; he hires a ghost writer to do all the work but doesn't consider that Doll Face and her collaborator might have more than a book on their minds. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <DanNGM@aol.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Here's a Kiss See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The hit swing-novelty number from the Jimmy McHugh-Harold Adamson score, the wisecracking, very 1940s "Dig You Later (A Hubba-Hubba-Hubba)," was performed in the film as a duet by Perry Como and Martha Stewart. Como's best-selling single on the Victor label would supplant Miss Stewart with a vocal quartet, The Satisfiers, whose lead singer was Helen Carroll. Curiously, Miss Stewart was recording for RCA Victor at the time. See more »

Quotes

Chita: A woman needs a man. You are a man, aren't you?
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Soundtracks

Somebody's Walking in My Dream
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Sung by Vivian Blaine at audition
Later sung and danced by Martha Stewart in finale
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Concentrate Upon The Music...
11 May 2001 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

A wartime soufflé from a play by Gypsy Rose Lee (as Louise Hovick), DOLL FACE features a lightweight plot with some snappy dialogue and delivery among the clichés, while director Lewis Seiler's vision is properly focused upon contemporary swing music, highlighting the vocal skill of Vivian Blaine, Perry Como, Carmen Miranda and Martha Stewart (no, not that one). The scenario has as its primary business a rocky romance between Doll Face Carroll (Blaine), a burlesque queen, and her manager, Mike Hannegan (the stalwart Dennis O'Keefe), along with the latter's efforts to boost his proletarian protégé into the realm of operetta. Seiler manages to remain faithful to the story line while seamlessly blending in the many musical numbers which, interestingly enough, prove more of a showcase for the perky Stewart and smooth Como than for the top-billed and certainly very pleasant Blaine; the production number for Miranda is a wild one, indeed.


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