Nan Spencer is on a boat bound for Havana which runs aground. The man sent to rescue her is engaged and she doesn't understand his disinterest. Gambler is interested, to the annoyance of his girlfriend.
Broadway partners Vicky Lane and Dan Christy have a tiff over Christy's womanizing. Jealous Vicky takes up with her old flame and former dance partner, Victor Price, and Dan's career takes ... See full summary »
Glamorous Lorry Jones, the toast of a Missouri military canteen, has become "engaged" to almost every serviceman she's signed her pin-up photo for. Now she's leaving home to go into ... See full summary »
Songwriters Calhoun and Harrigan get Katie and Lily Blane to introduce a new one. Lily goes to England, and Katy joins her after the boys give a new song to Nora Bayes. All are reunited ... See full summary »
The oddly-assorted Hart cousins: revue singer Blossom, con man Harry, and machinist Chiquita (who gets radio through her teeth!), inherit southern plantation Magnolia Manor, which alas ... See full summary »
Alice Faye was set to play the role of Glenda, but she fell ill with appendicitis and was replaced by Betty Grable. Although Miss Grable was making films for 10 years, this was the role that made her a star. Cesar Romero contracted para-typhoid and was replaced by Leonid Kinskey. See more »
Although Edward Fielding is listed in the credits as having portrayed Glenda Crawford's father, Willis Crawford, he is only seen at the Tuxedo Horse Show near the start of the film. He has no other scenes. See more »
Lots of music to cover up thin romance between Grable and Ameche...
This is the film that launched Betty Grable into stardom at Fox when Alice Faye had to bow out due to pregnancy. Betty makes the most of her chance to show off her famous legs, warble a couple of tunes and shake her hips to some Latin music. Don Ameche is her lucky co-star and for good measure Fox introduced Carmen Miranda to American audiences for a couple of song numbers filmed elsewhere while she was doing nightclub work in New York. Miranda has no interaction with the players in what little plot there is.
Henry Stephenson is on hand with a Spanish accent, but it's Leonid Kinskey who steals the show as a guide/gigolo who takes Betty on a nightclub tour while she's under the impression he's an embassy worker. Charlotte Greenwood gets her high kicking routine into the act by the finale and everyone is happy that rival families have straightened out their feud over some nonsense about a horse race.
It's the racing aspects of the story that bored me--too much time at the track. But the songs are plentiful (if not terribly memorable), the color is bright, the smooth teaming of Ameche and Grable is pleasant to watch, and for all practical purposes the whole silly thing works as fluffy entertainment--bubble gum for the mind.
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