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Billy Rose's Casa Mañana Revue (1938)

Passed | | Musical, Short | 26 April 1938 (USA)
The scene is set at Billy Rose's Casa Manana Revue, filmed at the Fort Worth Frontier Fiesta (1937), an enormous production created as part of the Texas Centennial civic celebrations. The ... See full summary »


George Sidney


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Complete credited cast:
Lee Dixon ... Lee Dixon
Virginia Grey ... Virginia Mason
Peggy Ryan ... Peggy Dixon
Harriet Hoctor and Ballet Harriet Hoctor and Ballet ... Themselves
Stuart Morgan Dancers Stuart Morgan Dancers ... Dancers
Billy Rose Billy Rose ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harriet Hoctor ... Herself


The scene is set at Billy Rose's Casa Manana Revue, filmed at the Fort Worth Frontier Fiesta (1937), an enormous production created as part of the Texas Centennial civic celebrations. The opening song, "The Night Is Young And You're So Beautiful" emanated from the first edition of the Revue and became a hit song on two continents in 1936. The show had its last performance and the cast doesn't have much hope for their careers in Hollywood or New York. A chorus member suggests that Rose (played by himself) produce a show of his greatest numbers. Without missing a beat, Rose tells the cast to report for rehearsal the next morning. The constantly bickering dance team of Mason & Dixon (Virginia Grey and Lee Dixon) does not look forward to working together so soon. Grey explodes when she learns that Dixon has a new, younger partner. She later learns that the new partner is the adorable Peggy Ryan, a mere fourteen-year-old hoofer. They become a brilliant trio in the show. Fiction aside, the ... Written by pmintun@mac.com

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Release Date:

26 April 1938 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Billy Rose is identified (i.e., credited) by cast member 'Lester Dorr'. See more »


The Night is Young and You're So Beautiful
(1936) (uncredited)
(Introduced at Billy Rose's Casa Mañana in Fort Worth)
Music by Dana Suesse
Lyricss by Billy Rose and Irving Kahal
Sung by Lee Dixon, Virginia Bruce and Chorus
Danced by them and Stuart Morgan Dancers
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15 September 2006 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Elaborate and overproduced, this early George Sidney musical short suffers a bit from the sort of overproduction that Billy Rose's shows were infamous for -- take a look at FUNNY LADY -- that played very well in the period, although the profits for the producer might be pretty iffy. There are a couple of plots shoehorned into the spaces between the numbers, and some excellent care is given to camera placement. But the huge sets and overly elaborate costumes dominate the short.

Of course, it's interesting to see what the now legendary Billy Rose looked and acted like, and you can have some fun looking at Peggy Ryan as a real teenager. A few years later she would move to Universal and be teamed with Donald O'conner as teenaged lovers for far too long, but on the whole this is an adequate, but not terribly interesting musical short.

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