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Doll Face (1945)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 31 December 1945 (USA)
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)
Bando da Lua ... Bando da Lua - 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 »

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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

Many of the posters and publicity shots for this film prominently feature Carmen Miranda wearing a nautical outfit topped by a lighthouse headdress, even though she never actually wears it in the movie (the hat can be seen on a dressing room counter in one shot). Paramount Pictures, which owned the rights to the song "True To The Navy", wouldn't give permission for its use in the film. Consequently, the entire sequence, already filmed, with Miranda wearing her nautical attire, performing the song, had to be cut. See more »

Quotes

'Doll Face' Carroll: Do you mean to stand there and tell me I ain't got class? Why, in Duluth, I was billed as the... You tell 'em, Mike.
Michael Francis 'Mike' Hannegan: The Classy Chassis from Tallahassee. 'Cept she's from Brooklyn, but that don't rhyme with nothin'.
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Referenced in M*A*S*H: The Moon Is Not Blue (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Here Comes Heaven Again
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Sung by Perry Como
Later sung by Perry Como and Vivian Blaine in finale
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18 June 2008 | by jotix100See all my reviews

A beautiful songstress is rejected out of an audition because she is not considered to be 'cultured' enough to make it on the Broadway stage. Doll Face Carroll is the woman rejected and Mike Hannegan, the man that is in love with her, wants to show the theater world she is worth the attention. For that, Mike contacts a ghost writer that will prepare the right resume for the gorgeous woman he loves. Nothing prepared Hannegan for the results. A grateful Doll Face will make everything possible to give him the recognition he deserves.

This 20th Century Fox feature of 1946 gives us a dose of nostalgia. Based on a Gypsy Rose Lee play, and directed by Lewis Seiler, the film is mildly amusing. The musical numbers are well executed, especially the hit song, "Somebody's Walking in my Dream". All the songs were composed by the team of Harold Adamson and Jimmy McHugh.

Vivian Blaine appears in the title role. Dennis O'Keefe is Mike Hannegan. In addition we see the irrepressible Carmen Miranda doing "Chico Chico" with a big production number. Perry Como and Martha Stewart are in hand to do some songs. Stephen Dunne has a good opportunity.

"Doll Face" although not a great film, has some enjoyable songs and is entertaining.


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