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Stork Club (1945)





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The Stork Club, the famed New York nightspot immortalized by columnist Walter Winchell (in return for special favors from its owners), is the setting for this typically brash Betty Hutton musical. Hutton plays a young hat check girl who rescues an elderly tramp (Barry Fitzgerald) from drowning. The old bum turns out to be a millionaire, and expresses his gratitude by setting up Hutton in luxury--asking for nothing in return. Hutton's boyfriend Don DeFore suspects hanky panky, but all is forgiven during the obligatory floor show. There are rumors that the Stork Club itself financed The Stork Club as a feature-length commercial. Whatever the case, ownership of the film was cloudy enough to allow it to slip into the public domain in 1982, which explains why Stork Club seems to be running 24 hours a day on cable TV.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Betty Hutton
as Judy Peabody
Barry Fitzgerald
as Jerry B. Bates
Don DeFore
as Danny Wilton
Robert Benchley
as Tom Curtis
Bill Goodwin
as Sherman Billingsley
Mary Young
as Mrs. Edith Bates
Mary Currier
as Hazel Billingsley
Noel Neill
as Jacqueline Billingsley
Gloria Donovan
as Barbara Billingsley
Mae Busch
as Vera
Pierre Watkin
as Hotel manager
Charles Coleman
as Bates' butler
Cosmo Sardo
as Rocco
Roberta Jonay
as Molly, the Check Girl
Anthony Caruso
as Joe, the Fisherman
Jimmie Dundee
as Fred, the Fisherman
Audrey Wilder
as Jenny - check girl
Sam Ash
as Ringsider
Reed Howes
as Patron
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Typical Hutton musical with lots of misunderstandings and comedy; Betty introduces one of her biggest hits, "Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief."

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

You don't actually get to see either The Stork Club or Sherman Billingsley. The club you see is a Paramount Studios set piece recreated from hundreds of Stork Club stills. And Billingsley is recreated by actor Bill Goodwin. Given that's the reason I queued it up, the whole thing was pretty disappointing. Early on, Betty Hutton solidly nails down every loose corner of a rousing Hoagy Carmichael snapper tune titled "Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief" that made the time invested mildly worthwhile. It's one of the best songs she ever delivered. After that, however, the plot, film and acting all goes stale very quickly. RECOMMENDATION: For Betty Hutton completists only. You can catch Hutton doing the entire Carmichael number on YouTube ... or see a snippet of it right on this page.

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TonyPolito Polito

Harmless comedy with Betty her usual bundle of energy. She looks great and is for her at times even rather subdued, she also sings some high octane numbers and a lovely old ballad beautifully. Just one word of caution, the film itself is in pretty rough shape often washed out and grainy.

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