Junior Donal, an ex-vaudevillian now teaching music at Knickerbocker University in New York, enlists to help of patroness Peggy Portefield to persuade Sergei Alexandrovich, the director of the Russian Ballet, to stage a friend's jazzy "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" ballet. Junior becomes involved with the company's prima ballerina, Vera Barnova, and even takes over the male lead in "Slaughter". This so enrages Vera's lover and regular dancing partner that he hires two thugs to kill Junior while he is performing on stage.
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From the stage score, "There's a Small Hotel," "The Heart Is Quicker Than the Eye," "It's Got to Be Love," "Glad to Be Unhappy," "Quiet Night," and the title song were heard only as background music. The rest of the score was entirely deleted. See more
In the "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" number, Eddie Albert runs up a set of stairs and falls down them again. As he stands up, he draws near the man he has killed, coming from stage left. The camera pans down Eddie Albert's legs to a full shot of the dead man. As the camera pans up again, Eddie Albert's dance double (and his tell-tale shadow), jump into the scene from stage right. See more
I will not give the American audiences what they want, I will give them what they ought to like.
Lorenz Hart, the lyricist for the original Broadway show, receives onscreen credit, but his lyrics are never sung at all in the film. See more
On Your Toes
Music by Richard Rodgers
Played by the orchestra as background music See more