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Atlantic City (1944)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 15 September 1944 (USA)
Vaudeville acts are re-created in the story of how Atlantic City became a famous resort.

Director:

Ray McCarey

Writers:

Arthur Caesar (story), Doris Gilbert (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Constance Moore ... Marilyn Whitaker
Stanley Brown ... Bradford Taylor (as Brad Taylor)
Charley Grapewin ... Jake Taylor
Jerry Colonna ... The Professor
Paul Whiteman ... Paul Whiteman
Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra ... Louis Armstrong Orchestra
Robert B. Castaine Robert B. Castaine ... Carter Graham (as Robert Castaine)
Adele Mara ... Adele - Barmaid
Pierre Watkin ... Sen. Hodges
Harry Tyler ... Sherman
Stanley Andrews ... Rogers
Donald Kerr Donald Kerr ... Oakes
Charles Williams Charles Williams ... Chalmers
Daisy Lee Mothershed Daisy Lee Mothershed ... The Maid (as Daisy Mothershed)
Ford Washington Lee Ford Washington Lee ... Buck (as Buck and Bubbles)
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Storyline

In 1915, Atlantic City is a sleepy seaside resort, but Brad Taylor, son of a small hotel and vaudeville house proprietor, has big plans: he thinks it can be "the playground of the world." Brad's wheeling and dealing proves remarkably successful in attracting big enterprises and big shows, but brings him little success in personal relationships. Full of nostalgic songs and acts, some with the original artists. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

GAY AND GLORIOUS! LOVE'N FUN! At The WORLD'S PLAYGROUND! (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atlantic City Honeymoon See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1950 re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There is a segment of the film marking the Miss America Pageant, which reflects its early start as "Inter-City Beauties", where candidates from around the United States competed at the local level. Thus there are entrants fading past like Miss New Orleans, Miss Boston, Miss Washington D.C., Miss Salt Lake City, Miss Los Angeles, Miss Seattle, intermixed with state entrants Miss Kentucky, Miss Indiana, Miss Texas, Miss Nevada, Miss Georgia, Miss Florida, and Miss California. See more »

Soundtracks

NOBODY'S SWEETHEART
Music by Billy Meyers and Elmer Schoebel
Lyrics by Gus Kahn and Ernie Erdman
Sung by Belle Baker
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On the Boardwalk at Atlantic City, Life Will Be Peaches and Cream
25 July 2006 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Ray McCarey directs this Betty Grable-style musical (think CONEY ISLAND) for a surprisingly good Republic flick. The leads are competent, although relatively unknown, but there is an excellent supporting cast, including Charley Grapewin, and the film is eked out with some marvelous vaudeville and performing talent, including Joe Frisco, Al Shean, Louis Armstrong, Paul Whiteman and Buck and Bubbles, a great dancing act.

The plot concerns Stanley Brown, who -- in the movie, anyway -- came up with all the ideas that made Atlantic City a major resort in the first half of the 20th Century, but stepped on everyone on the way up. The performances and photography are excellent and serve as a fine backdrop. If you're a fan of old-time vaudeville, definitely worth your time.


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