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Hello Frisco, Hello (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 26 March 1943 (USA)
In turn-of-the-century San Francisco, an ambitious vaudevillian takes his quartet from a honky tonk to the big time, while spurning the love of his troupe's star singer for a selfish heiress.

Director:

H. Bruce Humberstone (as Bruce Humberstone)

Writers:

Robert Ellis (screenplay), Helen Logan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alice Faye ... Trudy Evans
John Payne ... Johnny Cornell
Jack Oakie ... Dan Daley
Lynn Bari ... Bernice Croft
Laird Cregar ... Sam Weaver
June Havoc ... Beulah Clancy
Ward Bond ... Sharkey
Aubrey Mather ... Douglas Dawson
John Archer ... Ned Clark
Frank Orth ... Lou, Bartender at Sharkey's
George Lloyd ... Foghorn Ryan - Proprietor
Frank Darien Frank Darien ... Missionary
Harry Hayden ... Burkham
Eddie Dunn Eddie Dunn ... Forman of Renovation Crew
Charles Cane Charles Cane ... O'Riley, Policeman
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Storyline

In turn-of-the-century San Francisco, an ambitious vaudevillian takes his quartet from a honky tonk to the big time, while spurning the love of his troupe's star singer for a selfish heiress.

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aquilo, Sim, Era Vida! See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,400,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A memo to the exchange managers and exhibitors (and sniped to 20th Century Fox's press book) reads: "CORRECTION! Please eliminate the following credits on "Hello Frisco, Hello": George Barbier... from the cast. Hermes Pan... as co-stager of the dance sequences." See more »

Connections

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #6.8 (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Hello, Frisco!
(uncredited)
Music by Louis A. Hirsch
Lyrics by Gene Buck
Sung by a chorus during the opening credits
Performed by Jack Oakie, Alice Faye, John Payne and June Havoc
Played often throughout the picture
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Hurray for Faye
6 December 2011 | by ctomvelu1See all my reviews

There's a reason for watching an antique like this, and that's Alice Faye. She was at the top of her form here, in what was to be her final Fox musical. Basic plot: John Payne is a vaudevillian with his eye on greater things. His troupe consists of Faye, Jack Oakie and June Havoc. The Gay 90s costumes are a riot and, I assume, reasonably authentic. I also imagine some audience members in 1943 might have lived long enough to remember the period in real life. Faye belts out an endless number of great tunes, including her signature song, "You'll Never Know." Payne is stiff as usual, but veteran comic actor Oakie and his predictable antics help make up for that. The plot is as thin as a piece of tissue paper, so enjoy the movie for its many and memorable musical numbers. With her deep voice and striking looks, Faye really shines here. One caution: It is slightly jarring to watch the "rag" number, as all the performers are white but acting as if they were Stepin Fetchit-type blacks. This old-time minstrel baloney is certainly not uncommon in old musicals. You can see similar numbers in even later fare such as "Holiday Inn" (Bing Crosby in black face!) and "Jolson Sings Again." The offending "Abraham" number in "Holiday Inn" used to be cut for TV viewing. But there wasn't much TV could do about "The Jolson Story" and "Jolson sings Again" without emasculating the movie, as Al Jolson rose to fame singing "Mammy" and other numbers in black face.


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