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When Alex enters the lives of the musical Tuttle family, each of the three daughters falls for him. He is charming, good looking and personable. Laurie and Alex seem made for each other and become engaged. When Barney comes into the picture to help Alex with some musical arrangements matters become complicated. He is seen as a challenge by Laurie, who can't believe anyone could be as cynical, and she is more than a match for his gloomy outlook on life.Written by
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The initial idea in filming "One for My Baby" was to illustrate Barney's hopeless anonymity by having the unruly bar crowd all but drown out his performance of the song, but Frank Sinatra's vocal was so powerful that director Gordon Douglas decided to gradually decrease the ambient noise until only Sinatra's voice could be heard. This turns the song into an internal monologue, as if Barney is blocking out the crowd's noise and singing to himself. See more »
When Day and Sinatra are icing the gingerbread men/persons, they refill the icing gun, but the icing is added on top of the plunger. See more »
How about the big build up you were gonna give me?
I changed my mind.
Oh, aren't you gonna mention my talent? We talked about it all the way home, remember?
All they have to do is look at you to know you have no talent.
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Barney Sloan (Frank Sinatra) is a gifted musician who grew up orphaned and cynically resigned himself to "the fates". He quietly falls in love with kindhearted, upbeat Laurie Tuttle (Doris Day) who lives in a small town with her cheery family (father, aunt and two sisters). She is often perceptive about him, and very moved by his emotional outpourings through his music. Nonetheless, she misses the message behind Barney's shy kiss. She accepts Alex Burke's (Gig Young) marriage proposal, although she questions if Burke "needs" her and asks why they can't "keep things as they are." Discovering her sister's feelings for Alex is a turning point in Laurie's decision making. What part did her love for Barney play in her choice? Apparently, this is the question consuming Barney. He is often preoccupied with his own insecurities, and makes a destructive decision.
Sinatra's singing is beautiful ("Someone to Watch Over Me"). His portrayal is heartfelt. His chemistry with Day grows with their characters' relationship. "One for My Baby" and "You, My Love" are wonderful. In the latter, note how Barney is happy but still shy. This is a very moving romantic drama with a fine cast. I can relate to Barney, having a relative who grew up alone in the Depression. Thumbs up for the ending;
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