In the movie Lotta is 16 when she begins to perform. In reality she was only 6. In the movie her father is a gambler and ex-vaudevillian, he actually owned a bookstore. In the movie she sees Lola Montez for the first time, actually she and her family were friends with Lola and Lotta often played at Lola's home. In the movie she falls in love with Tom Richmond (Dale Robertson)and it is clear they will be married, actually she never married. See more »
A most fictionalized biography of 19th century star Lotta Crabtree is the subject
of Golden Girl. Having just read the Wikipedia article concerning Crabtree a real
version of her life would be a truly great picture.
Mitzi Gaynor of whom it has been said came along just a tad too late and missed
the real golden era of Hollywood musicals during the 30s and 40s plays the
title role. She was one of the best dancers of the female gender ever to hit
the big screen and there was no need to dub her singing voice. Mitzi would have been a much bigger star a bit earlier, she had all the right talents.
Her romance with courtly southerner Dale Robertson was a pure fiction, but
Robertson is just fine in a role tailored for his talent and speech pattern.
Sharing the singing duties with Gaynor is Dennis Day taking time off from the
Jack Benny program. Dennis gets to sing the song Never which got an Oscar
James Barton and Una Merkel play Lotta's parents and Barton who was an old
song and dance man himself and scored a big hit on Broadway in Paint Your
Wagon around this time gets a nice number with Gaynor. The name Crabtree
suits Merkel's complaining character. Wikipedia says that the real Lotta Crabtree's parents were from Great Britain, but there sure is no trace of any of
that kind of accent with Barton and Merkel.
Golden Girl is fine musical entertainment even though it's not a patch on the
real story of Lotta Crabtree.
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