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East Side of Heaven (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Musical | 7 April 1939 (USA)
A man finds himself the father, by proxy, of a ten-month-old baby and becomes involved in the turbulent lives of the child's family.


David Butler

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Credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Denny Martin
Joan Blondell ... Mary Wilson
Mischa Auer ... Nicky
Irene Hervey ... Mona Barrett
C. Aubrey Smith ... Cyrus Barrett Snr.
Robert Kent ... Cyrus Barrett Jr.
Jerome Cowan ... Claudius De Wolfe
Baby Sandy ... Sandy, the Barrett Baby
Jane Jones Jane Jones ... Mrs. Kelly, One of the Singing Cooks
Rose Valyda Rose Valyda ... Singing Cook
Helen Warner Helen Warner ... Singing Cook
Jack Powell Jack Powell ... Happy Jack, the Chef
Matty Malneck Matty Malneck ... Orchestra Leader
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Music Maids The Music Maids ... Waitresses


Singer Denny Martin's marriage to telephone operator Mary Wilson has been postponed several times already and is delayed once again when he changes jobs from singing telegrams to being a singing cab driver. His friend Cyrus Barrett Jr. is the scion of an autocratic millionaire father who is determined to wrest custody of his grandson from his alcoholic son and wife Mona. After Cyrus goes into rehab to dry out on Denny's advice, Barrett Sr. legally moves against his daughter-in-law and tries to have her arrested on kidnapping charges. A desperate Mona leaves Denny in charge of her infant son until she can locate the younger Barrett, but this presents new complications for Denny and his Russisn roommate Nicky as fiancée Mary becomes suspicious that Denny may be seeing another woman. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Release Date:

7 April 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three's Company See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The producers originally wanted Ann Sothern for the Blondell role, but she was on tour singing with husband Roger Pryor's band. See more »


Mary Wilson: [Referring to De Wolfe] Denny, please don't be upset by what he said.
Denny Martin: Oh, I'm not upset.
Mary Wilson: Every knock's a boost, you know.
Denny Martin: [Dejectedly] Yeah, I know.
Mary Wilson: And it doesn't matter what anyone says about you as long as they spell your name right.
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Hang You Heart on a Hickory Limb
Written by James V. Monaco and Johnny Burke
Sung by Bing Crosby
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A very nicely done and entertaining film
29 March 2014 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

If you are a fan of Bing Crosby fan you won't be disappointed by East Side of Heaven. The story is a touch protracted and I did wish Joan Blondell had more to do other than being a reactionary character, she seemed underused in the second half. East Side of Heaven is a nice film to look at, it isn't lavish but it is photographed with style and love and the costumes and sets are equally attractive. The music score is lush and catchy, and the songs don't disappoint either. Hang Your Heart on a Hickory Limb is colourfully staged and snappy and That Sly Old Gentleman and the beautiful ballad East Side of Heaven are classic Bing Crosby. The choreography is neither too simple or too complicated and it's elaborate without being overblown and when the film calls for a more understated touch it doesn't become laboured either. The dialogue is clever and snappy, the funniest moments coming from Mischa Auer and while East Side of Heaven drips with sentimentality it is also in an endearing and touching way, never forgetting to be entertaining either. Bing Crosby is charming and has no trouble being comfortable, he also sings a dream as he always did. Joan Blondell has allure and sassiness but she has had much better written roles. C Aubrey Smith ability to be gruff and classy as well as amusing comes naturally to him, but the most memorable performances come from Mischa Auer who's very funny and in some parts of the film hilarious and the absolutely adorable Baby Sandy. In conclusion, very entertaining and well done, won't disappoint Bing Crosby fans. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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