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Tin Pally Alley (1940) DVD

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Tin Pan Alley (1940)


 Walter Lang


 Robert Ellis (screen play), Helen Logan (screen play)


 Alice Faye, Betty Grable, Jack Oakie
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
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  1. DVD 5 Star Review

    Posted by on May 3rd 2021

    The wait for the DVD was a bit long. Happy with the DVD.

  2. Faye & Grable together 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Aug 11th 2020

    It is a great movie for its time and to have two of the biggest and best female Stars in the same movie gracing the screen, just wonderful.
    Jack Oakie and John Payne made allot of movies together and also with Alice Faye. They are all good movies and this one doesn't disappoint. I can easily see why HOLLYWOOD was at it best in the 30's & 40's. Good movies and good stars what a combination.

  3. Fox Musical at it's Best 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Aug 5th 2016

    A rare movie that Fox seems to have forgotten. Alice Faye and Betty Grable are very good together in their musical numbers...and it is great to see any movie in which the Nicholas Brothers appear.

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