This semi-film within a film opens in the office of producer George Jessel, who never saw a camera he couldn't get in front of, who is holding a story conference to determine the screen ... See full summary »
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Eric Wainwright (Van Johnson), a busy impresario, is besieged by hordes of wannabe concert stars, eager for their big break. One of them is Cynthia Potter (June Allyson), a talented pianist... See full summary »
Private detective Michael Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) is serving on the jury trying Lillian Hubbard (Janis Carter) for the murder of Harley Forsythe. A witness with information that could clear ... See full summary »
In 1875 London, young Wheeler (who lives by scavenging) finds a cameo of Queen Victoria, which he thinks so beautiful, he risks his life to save it. Possessed of a desire to see the Queen, ... See full summary »
Betty Grable and Dan Dailey are a married song and dance team who cannot have children. The movie follows the travails as they try and adopt and keep the kids they adopt while performing on their TV show.
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 »
This is a film I went to the cinema and watched on its release.... Throughout the 51 years since then this is the film that has stayed in my memory.
I found the plot quite enthralling - the action criss crossed from the Civil War to the theatre and the lives of all those involved. The drama and the joys were all there. The cast were all good in the roles and there was a wide range of Hollywood names of that era. The musical numbers were toe tapping and will run through your mind after you have watched it ... main numbers are Golden Slippers and Dixie which you sing for days afterwards (in my case 51 years afterwards).
The costumes were what you expected of a large Hollywood musical of the era - colourful and glorious.
Sadly it seems to be a film that is lying in the vaults forgotten but it would be nice if it could be re-released....if only to see a young Dale Robertson...
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