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Senorita from the West (1945)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Western | 12 October 1945 (USA)
Determined to become a radio singer, a young girl runs away from her family. She hooks up with a man who is actually the real voice of a famous radio crooner, who actually can't sing at all.


Frank R. Strayer (as Frank Strayer)


Howard Dimsdale (original screenplay)




Cast overview:
Allan Jones ... Phil Bradley
Bonita Granville ... Jeannie Blake
Jess Barker ... Tim Winters
George Cleveland ... Cap
Fuzzy Knight ... Rosebud
Oscar O'Shea ... Dusty
Renny McEvoy ... William Wylliams
Olin Howland ... Justice of Peace (as Olin Howlin)
Danny Mummert ... Kid
Robert Merrill Robert Merrill ... Elmer (as Bob Merrill)
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Producer
Billy Nelson ... Taxicab Driver
Jack Rube Clifford Jack Rube Clifford ... Motorcycle Cop (as Jack Clifford)
Spade Cooley ... Bandleader
Spade Cooley Band Spade Cooley Band ... Orchestra (as Spade Cooley Orchestra)


Jeannie Blake (Bonita Granville) is an aspiring singer living in the desert with her three gold-prospecting guardians, Dusty (Oscar O'Shea), Rosebud (Fuzzy Knight) and Cap ('George Cleveland'). She leaves for New York in order to get a job and pay back her three guardians but doesn't know they have found gold and are holding it in trust for her. She gets a job as an elevator girl at a radio station and meets Phil Bradley (Allan Jones) whose singing voice is used for that of Tim Winters (Jess Barker), the current heart-throb of the airwaves who can't sing at all. Winters also finds out that Jeannie has wealth and proceeds to convince her he is in love with her. The three rustic guardians show up, expose Winters for the fraud he is and Jeannie realizes she is really in love with Phil, who also replaces Winters as the station's singer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Music | Western


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The ingenue role played by Bonita Granville was originally intended for Universal's singing star Gloria Jean. The studio bought the property for her in 1944, but by the time the film went into production, she had left the studio's employ. See more »


Lonely Love
Music by Raymond Sinatra (as Ray Sinatra)
Lyrics by Everett Carter
Sung by Allan Jones
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Harbinger Of Milli Vanilli
13 February 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Senorita From The West has to have one of the lamest premises for a movie plot I've ever heard. Remember that this is still the age of radio so what other merit than voice would someone bring to the airwaves.

But what we're asked to believe here is that Allan Jones who has a bad case of stage fright and mike fright serves as the real voice for good looking radio singer Jess Barker. Now how some radio station ever went for an arrangement like this is beyond me. Yet while screaming and swooning bobbysoxers are fainting in the studio audience at Barker's broadcast, it's Jones's voice that they're hearing coming from another microphone and fed into Barker's studio. Milli Vanilli had nothing on what these two guys were pulling.

But the real problems start when Bonita Granville who plays the title role in Senorita From The West comes east to seek fame and fortune and winds up as an elevator operator in the building where Barker/Jones broadcasts from. She's an orphan kid who's been raised by three old codgers, Oscar O'Shea, Fuzzy Knight, and George Cleveland. They dress like the rustics they are, but their gold mine has made them millionaires and they're going to see Granville gets a big leg up on her career.

Of course Granville like all the other girls falls for Barker even though she meets and likes Jones who calls himself Barker's 'secretary'. I think you can figure out the rest of this film.

After this film Allan Jones left Hollywood to concentrate on concert and nightclub and summer stock work. If this was an example of what he could expect from film work, no wonder he left. He would not make another film appearance in almost 20 years and his appearances after that were straight dramas.

Senorita From The West, buried in the vaults at Universal and should have stayed there.

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12 October 1945 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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