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George White's Scandals (1934)

Passed | | Musical | 16 March 1934 (USA)
Opening with a credit line that reads "Entire production conceived, created and directed by George White," a film evolves where the only plot line is a thin backstage romance between Jimmy ... See full summary »

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George White (story), Jack Yellen (additional dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rudy Vallee ... Jimmy Martin
Jimmy Durante ... Happy McGillicuddy
Alice Faye ... Kitty Donnelly / Mona Vale
Adrienne Ames ... Barbara Loraine
Gregory Ratoff ... Nicholas Mitwoch
Cliff Edwards ... Stew Hart
Dixie Dunbar ... Patsy Day
George White ... George White
Gertrude Michael ... Miss Lee
Warren Hymer ... Pete Pandos - Greek Wrestler
Thomas E. Jackson ... Al Burke (as Thomas Jackson)
Armand Kaliz ... Count Dekker
Roger Gray Roger Gray ... Sailor Brown (as Roger Grey)
William Bailey ... Harold Bestry
George Irving ... John R. Loraine
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Storyline

Opening with a credit line that reads "Entire production conceived, created and directed by George White," a film evolves where the only plot line is a thin backstage romance between Jimmy Martin and Kitty Donnelly in and around a dozen or more sketches, revues, black-outs and singing and dancing turns. Made before the birth of the production code, reviewers of the day found much to object about in the implications of Alice Faye's "Nasty Man" song with the Meglin Kiddies, and the dog action in the "Your Dog Loves My Dog" number by Vallee, Faye, Jimmy Durante and Dixie Dunbar. The geometric dance arrangements used in the Vallee, Durante and Cliff Edwards "Every Day Is Father's Day" was not cause for Busby Berkeley to lose any sleep. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Musical

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Escândalos de Broadway See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA

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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Eighteen-year-old Alice Faye, the female vocalist with Rudy Vallee and His Connecticut Yankees, was slated to make her screen debut in a featured spot. Then in a Hollywood fantasy come to life, Lilian Harvey, a musical favorite of European moviegoers, decided that the female lead was rather secondary and withdrew from the film. Enter Alice, at Rudy Vallee's suggestion, to fill Miss Harvey's shoes. Billed third after Mr. Vallee and Jimmy Durante, Miss Faye was bestowed with a saucy hit song, "Nasty Man" (music by Ray Henderson, lyrics by Irving Caesar and Jack Yellen), followed quickly by a movie contract with Fox. See more »

Crazy Credits

Entire production conceived, created and directed by George White. See more »

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Soundtracks

Every Day Is Father's Day With Baby
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Jack Yellen and Irving Caesar
Performed by Rudy Vallee, Cliff Edwards and Jimmy Durante with the Meglin Kiddies
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Alice Faye's Rousing Debut
26 July 2004 | by KalamanSee all my reviews

The ineffable Alice Faye made her film debut in this rousing backstage extravaganza, an interesting assembly of Broadway revue, comic sketches, songs, and dancing, in which she played an aspiring singer Kitty Donnelly and her romance with Rudy Valle. Although the movie is loaded with big-scale Busby Berkeley-inspired production numbers, its chief virtue is to watch and be mesmerized by Faye's glorious singing, her distinctive contralto voice.

This is the movie where Faye sings "Oh, You Nasty Man" -- one of her most cheerfully lurid (though not necessarily the best), songs. Other songs and numbers include "So Nice", "Every Day's a Father's Day", "Following in the Mother's Footsteps", "Sweet and Simple", "Picking Cotton", and "The Man on the Flying Trapeze".

Audiences applauded Faye's vivacity, and the movie made her an instant musical star. Up until her 1936 musical, "Sing, Baby, Baby", Faye really looked like a Jean Harlow-ish platinum blonde with pencil eyelashes. A year later she starred in a follow-up, "George White's 1935 Scandals" - also worth seeking out, if only for Faye's singing.


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