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Colleen (1936)

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The titular colleen is Ruby Keeler, hired to manage a dress shop by wealthy Dick Powell. Keeler is the replacement for slatternly Joan Blondell, who'd been assigned the job by Powell's philandering father (Hugh Herbert). With Powell and Keeler at the helm, it's no time at all before the musical numbers proliferate, though none of the songs have the staying power of those in such earlier Warners musicals as 42nd Street and Golddiggers of 1933. The best number, "Boulevardier from the Bronx", is familiar to modern viewers thanks to its constant use in Warner Bros. cartoons. A lesser Powell/Keeler outing, Colleen contains what many film buffs regard as the definitive performance of character comedian Hugh "Woo Woo" Herbert.

Cast

Dick Powell
as Donald Ames 3rd
Ruby Keeler
as Colleen Reilly
Joan Blondell
as Minnie Hawkins
Hugh Herbert
as Uncle Cedric Ames
Jack Oakie
as Joe Cork
Louise Fazenda
as Alicia Ames
Paul Draper
as Paul Gordon
Mary Treen
as Miss Hively
J.M. Kerrigan
as Pop Reilly
Spencer Charters
as Dr. Frothingham
Charles Coleman
as Beech, Alicia's butler
Viola Lowry
as Receptionist
Emmett Vogan
as Official
Cyril Ring
as Client
Harry Depp
as Assistant
Sarah Edwards
as Society Woman
Laura Pierpont
as Society Woman
John Albright
as Page Boy
Alphonse Martell
as Head Waiter
Iris March
as Miss Graham
Edward Keane
as Edwards
Antonio Filauri
as Bartender
Charles Delaney
as Ship's Radio Operator
Joan Barclay
as Cafe Guest
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A passable enough movie but all over the map, and while it was a vehicle for the Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler tandem, I liked it more for their supporting cast, featuring Hugh Herbert as a bumbling millionaire and Joan Blondell as a gold-digger. The musical numbers are mildly entertaining, but tap dancer Paul Draper lacks charisma and Ruby Keeler's singing is flat. I liked "Boulevardier from the Bronx" performed by Blondell and Jack Oakie more, as goofy as he was, and perhaps influenced by Blondells's décolleté. It's not horrible or anything, but you can do better. I suggest trying a movie like Footlight Parade from 1933 instead.

Antonius Block
Antonius Block

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½

Aside from a couple of eye popping production numbers this is an ordinary entertainment. I'm sure she was a nice woman but how did Ruby Keeler ever become a musical star? Her dancing skill is meager and her voice thin.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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