Tin Pan Alley (1940)

Tin Pan Alley (1940)





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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.
Classics , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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John Loder
as Reggie Carstair
Elisha Cook Jr.
as Joe Cadd
Alice Faye
as Katey
Billy Bevan
as Doorman
John Payne
as Skeets
Jack Oakie
as Harry
Esther Ralston
as Nora Bayes
Fred Keating
as Harvey Raymond
James Flavin
as Sergeant
Fayard Nicholas
as Dance Specialty
Tyler Brooke
as Bert Melville
Hal K. Dawson
as Hotel Clerk
Harry Strang
as Doughboy
George Watts
as Mike Buckner
William B. Davidson
as Hotel Manager
Dewey Robinson
as Dumb Guy
John Sheehan
as Announcer
Franklyn Farnum
as Man in Audience
Jack Roper
as Nick Palerno
Harold Nicholas
as Dance Specialty
Lillian Porter
as Telephone Operator
Lionel Pape
as Lord Stanley
Franklin Farnum
as Man in Audience
Brian Sisters
as Specialty
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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.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

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.

jay nixon
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