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Variety Girl (1947)

Dozens of star and character-actor cameos and a message about the Variety Club (show-business charity) are woven into a framework about two hopeful young ladies who come to Hollywood, ... See full summary »

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

Monte Brice (screenplay), William Cottrell (special puppetoon sequence) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Hatcher ... Catherine Brown / Juliet
Olga San Juan ... Amber La Vonne
DeForest Kelley ... Bob Kirby
Frank Ferguson ... R.J. O'Connell
Glenn Tryon ... Bill Farris
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Webster
Torben Meyer ... Andre - Brown Derby Headwaiter
Jack Norton ... Busboy at Brown Derby
Elaine Riley ... Cashier (Brown Derby)
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Mr. O'Connell's Assistant
Gus Taute Gus Taute ... O'Connell's Assistant's Assistant
Harry Hayden ... Manager - Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Bing Crosby ... Bing Crosby
Bob Hope ... Bob Hope
Gary Cooper ... Gary Cooper
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Storyline

Dozens of star and character-actor cameos and a message about the Variety Club (show-business charity) are woven into a framework about two hopeful young ladies who come to Hollywood, exchange identities, and cause comic confusion (with slapstick interludes) throughout the Paramount studio. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mädchen für Hollywood See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (cartoon sequence)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Under contract to different record labels at the time - Bing Crosby at Decca and Bob Hope at Capitol - the duo could not produce for the marketplace a disc of their specialty number from the film, "Harmony" (music by Jimmy Van Heusen, lyrics by Johnny Burke). Decca, taking another tune from the score, united Bing with his frequent recording partners, The Andrews Sisters, for a best-selling single of the jaunty city song, "Tallahassee" (music and lyrics by Frank Loesser), a ditty introduced in the picture by Dorothy Lamour and the usually non-singing Alan Ladd. On a Capitol 78, Johnny Mercer teamed with The King Cole Trio for their take on "Harmony." See more »

Quotes

Bing Crosby: [after Bob Hope falls off the stage during their dance number] I sure do miss Fred Astaire!
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Alternate Versions

Although the George Pal Puppetoon sequence was originally presented in Technicolor, most extant prints of "Variety Girl" now show this segment in black-and-white. See more »

Connections

References Going My Way (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Mildred's Boogie
(uncredited)
Written and Performed by Jimmy Mulcay and Mildred Mulcay
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An all-star tribute to the philanthropic Variety Clubs International
1 October 1999 | by VarlaamSee all my reviews

... and that's as flimsy an excuse for a parade of stars as there ever was. This one seems more forced and artificial than such films normally do.

Many of the stars have little or nothing to do in their cameos: Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Diana Lynn, and especially Robert Preston. Perhaps they're the lucky ones, given the limp nature of the script. They might have wound up like Spike Jones -- he and his City Slickers are far more obnoxious here than they were in "Thank Your Lucky Stars" (1943). Or the pitiable Alan Ladd, singing about that greatest of cities, Tallahassee, Florida. Seriously.

The occasional bright spots include Paulette Goddard wearing soapsuds, and Ray Milland hiding his telephone in an overhead light fixture, à la "The Lost Weekend".

I was also keen to see the rarely glimpsed, grey-haired Glenn Tryon, the male lead in 1928's magnificent "Lonesome", one of the final great achievements of the American silent film. "Lonesome" is comparable in some ways to King Vidor's "The Crowd", but is much less frequently discussed.

I think few would argue if I were to say that "Variety Girl" is for completists only.

Caveat emptor: This film's recent video release in the Bob Hope Collection has the George Pal Technicolor sequence in black and white.


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