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Music in Manhattan (1944)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 20 August 1945 (Sweden)
Frankie Foster and Stanley Benson are a pair of small-potatoes performers. Both try to make it to the big-time after winning an amateur talent contest. Though this leads them to a few ... See full summary »

Director:

John H. Auer

Writers:

Lawrence Kimble, Jack Scholl (story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anne Shirley ... Frankie Foster
Dennis Day ... Stanley Benson
Phillip Terry ... Johnny Pearson
Raymond Walburn ... Professor Carl Roberti
Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Pearson
Patti Brill Patti Brill ... Gladys
Charlie Barnet ... Orchestra Leader (as Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra)
Nilo Menendez Nilo Menendez ... Rhumba Band Leader (as Nico Menendez and His Rhumba Band)
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Frankie Foster and Stanley Benson are a pair of small-potatoes performers. Both try to make it to the big-time after winning an amateur talent contest. Though this leads them to a few professional gigs, something is missing from their act and they are not popular. Believing a little cash will boost their career, Frankie heads for Washington, D.C. to see if her wealthy father will help them. En route Frankie is mistaken for the wife of the well-known pilot Johnny Pearson and ends up in his suite having to pretend she is his spouse. When the pilot meets her, romantic sparks fly. Written by Robert

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Genres:

Musical | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1945 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Adorable mentirosa See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Featured in Gauchos of El Dorado (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

I Like a Man Who Makes Music
(uncredited)
Music by Lew Pollack
Lyrics by Herb Magidson
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Delightful
6 July 2010 | by tarpoffSee all my reviews

I am quite surprised that there is only 1 review of this film. Perhaps it has not been shown that often. This was my first viewing and I am a huge Anne Shirley fan. This is one of four films released in her final year in the movie industry, the final film being perhaps the best film noir mystery ever: MURDER, MY SWEET.

This film is well made. The action is consistent, moving at a solid pace with good acting, directing, editing, etc. Anne Shirley is engaging as usual and sweet & beautiful as always. The premise is interesting and the movie is quite enjoyable. The conclusion is nicely done with a delightful finish. This is one of Anne Shirley's better films. When she left the industry after 1944, she was only 26 years old. Many of her early films were well done, but "B" films, as she had started out as a child actress. Better films had begun to come her way after her Oscar nomination for STELLA DALLAS in 1937. However, no matter the caliber of the material, or the capability of the rest of the cast and producers; Anne Shirley was always a commanding presence in all her films.

I would heartily recommend this film to any movie fan: and not just classic movie fans. This is a story that could play as well today or any time. It is fun, interesting, entertaining and well done.


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