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When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948)

Vaudeville performers, Dailey and Grable, have marital difficulties when he hits the "Big Time", which are compounded by his drinking problem.

Director:

Walter Lang

Writers:

Lamar Trotti (screenplay), George Manker Watters (play) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Betty Grable ... Bonny Kane
Dan Dailey ... 'Skid' Johnson
Jack Oakie ... Bozo Evans
June Havoc ... Gussie Evans
Richard Arlen ... Harvey Howell
James Gleason ... Lefty Moore
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Vaudeville performers, Dailey and Grable, have marital difficulties when he hits the "Big Time", which are compounded by his drinking problem.

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From Burlesque to Broadway !! 12 show-stopping song hits in the year's hit-topping musical !

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Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Burlesque See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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This is the third film adaptation of the play "Burlesque". The first two were made by Paramount Pictures. The producers of this adaptation, 20th Century Fox, bought the rights to the earlier versions so they could film their version. Fox subsequently failed to renew the copyrights to both of the earlier versions, causing them to fall into the public domain, but renewed the copyright to the 1948 version. Eventually, Fox teamed up with Paramount on what was once the highest-grossing film of all time worldwide, Titanic (1997). See more »

Quotes

'Skid' Johnson: Here's to you babe. One man's loss is another man's gain.
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Version of The Dance of Life (1929) See more »

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Sweet Georgia Brown
Music by Maceo Pinkard and Ben Bernie
Lyrics by Kenneth Casey
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Contains a good Dan Dailey performance
9 October 2004 | by creightonhaleSee all my reviews

I saw this movie several times on television back in the 1970s, so my comments come from a rather distant memory. This film was typical of 20th Century Fox's output of Betty Grable films during the mid to late 1940s. A remake of Paramount's and Hal Skelly's DANCE OF LIFE (1929) and a further remake by Paramount in 1937 called SWING HIGH, SWING LOW starring Carole Lombard, the story is all about an alcoholic burlesque performer, played by Dan Dailey, who brings down not only himself but also his wife, played by Grable. Jack Oakie, June Haver, James Gleason, and Richard Arlen (!) are also in it. The most vivid memory I have of the film is Dan Dailey's Oscar nominated performance. I remember being impressed by him and finding him both believable and sympathetic. His performance lifts the film above the average Betty Grable nostalgia vehicle. The two stars were always good together, even though the material was usually recycled and mundane, sometimes wallowing in nostalgia and overproduction. Most feel Dailey's nomination for the Oscar a travesty: he took the place that many feel belonged to Humphrey Bogart in TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE. Bogart certainly deserved recognition for his work in that film, but Dailey's work here also warrants mention.

Directed by Walter Lang (of course), it's based on the play BURLESQUE.


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