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Tin Pan Alley (1940)

Tin Pan Alley

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To quell the rumors that musical stars Alice Faye and Betty Grable detested each other (actually they were fast friends, if not close buddies), 20th Century-Fox cast both ladies in their 1940 "inventory" musical Tin Pan Alley. Set in the years just prior to and during WW1, the film casts Faye and Grable as Katie and Lily Blaine, a singing-sister act playing the vaudeville circuits of the land. Ambitious songwriter Skeets Harrigan (John Payne) senses star potential in Katie Blaine, and his efforts to promote her-and his tunes-at all costs result in a great deal of ill-will before the inevitable happy ending. Counterpointing the likeably ruthless Skeets is his ebullient partner Harry Calhoun (Jack Oakie), who spends most of the picture trying to find suitable lyrics for a novelty ditty he's written, a quest that proves unsuccessful until a stuttering soldier inspires him to write "K-K-Katie". With the exception of the Mack Gordon-Harry Warren song "You Say the Sweetest Things Baby", all the tunes heard in Tin Pan Alley were popular during the period depicted in the film, including "Moonlight Bay", "Honeysuckle Rose", and "Goodbye Broadway, Hello France". The film's best ensemble piece is "The Shiek of Araby", with corpulent "potentate" Billy Gilbert matching the lissome Alice Faye and Betty Grable step for step. Incidentally, this number was one of several to be severely trimmed before final release: removed entirely was a delightful sequence involving the Tin Lizzie-inspired song "Get Out and Get Under", though this scene later appeared on a cable-TV compendium of excised 20th Century-Fox musical highlights. The winner of a 1940 Oscar for Alfred Newman's score, Tin Pan Alley was remade in 1950 as I'll Get By.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Pamela Harris, Robert Ellis, Helen Logan
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On DVD: Jul 19, 1994
Runtime:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Cast

John Payne
as Skeets
Esther Ralston
as Nora Bayes
Harold Nicholas
as Dance Specialty
Fayard Nicholas
as Dance Specialty
John Loder
as Reggie Carstair
Fred Keating
as Harvey Raymond
Lillian Porter
as Telephone Operator
Tyler Brooke
as Bert Melville
Hal K. Dawson
as Hotel Clerk
William B. Davidson
as Hotel Manager
Lionel Pape
as Lord Stanley
Billy Bevan
as Doorman
Brian Sisters
as Specialty
Franklin Farnum
as Man in Audience
John Sheehan
as Announcer
George Watts
as Mike Buckner
Jack Roper
as Nick Palerno
James Flavin
as Sergeant
Franklyn Farnum
as Man in Audience
Harry Strang
as Doughboy
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Critic Reviews for Tin Pan Alley

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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Tin Pan Alley

½

When this was made Alice Faye was queen of the Fox musical lot and so she is very much the focus of this ordinary film with a few good numbers but Betty Grable although clearly in the secondary role was just about to shoot to the top of the pack. The girls are well matched and while not the best partner either ever had make an enjoyable team too bad this wasn't in color it would have perked it up and probably added an extra bit of zip that is missing.

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jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Fast-moving 20th-Century-Fox musical has a solid cast and nice period flavor; best musical number is "The Sheik of Araby," sung by Faye, Grable and Billy Gilbert, and danced by the Nicholas Brothers.

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