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Wabash Avenue (1950)

Approved | | Musical | 24 May 1950 (Sweden)
Andy Clark discovers he was cheated out of a half interest in partner Mike's business, now a thriving dance hall in 1892 Chicago. Unable to win it back, Andy schemes to make Mike's position... See full summary »

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Harry Tugend (screenplay), Charles Lederer (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Betty Grable ... Ruby Summers
Victor Mature ... Andy Clark
Phil Harris ... Mike Stanley
Reginald Gardiner ... English Eddie
James Barton ... Harrigan
Barry Kelley ... Sam - Bouncer
Margaret Hamilton ... Tillie Hutch
Jacqueline Dalya ... Cleo
Robin Raymond ... Jennie
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Healy
Dorothy Neumann ... Reformer
Alexander Pope Alexander Pope ... Charlie Saxe
Henry Kulky ... Joe Barton
Marie Bryant Marie Bryant ... Elsa
Collette Lyons ... Beulah
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Storyline

Andy Clark discovers he was cheated out of a half interest in partner Mike's business, now a thriving dance hall in 1892 Chicago. Unable to win it back, Andy schemes to make Mike's position untenable. He also hopes to turn Ruby Summers, Mike's motor-mouthed burlesque queen, into a classier entertainer, and incidentally to make her his own. But at the last minute, Andy's revenge comes unravelled. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1950 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Chicagon Venus See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,115,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Douglas was originally set to star. See more »

Goofs

Ruby sings and dances "The Shimmy" (composed in 1917) before attending the Chicago World's Fair of 1893. See more »

Quotes

Ruby Summers: Why, you overgrown, dime-a-dozen wiseacre pig-puss! Who made your clothes? Or did you grow 'em yourself?
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Featured in The Girl Can't Help It (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

ARE YOU FROM DIXIE? ('CAUSE I'M FROM DIXIE, TOO!)
Music by George L. Cobb
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Sung and Danced by chorus girls
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My Old Flame
23 February 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

For the final time Victor Mature and Betty Grable teamed up to star in a film with Wabash Avenue. And this was the second time that Betty did this film if it seems familiar. The plot is taken from previous Grable hit Coney Island and moved to Chicago at the time of the 1893 World's Fair.

Mature and Phil Harris take the parts previously played by George Montgomery and Cesar Romero, a pair of ruthless rival conmen who live to top each other. In this case and in the previous film the billing tells you who tops who in the end.

Grable of course is caught between the two of them as a period entertainer of the day. She has some period songs to sing, but unlike Coney Island she also got an original score from Joseph Myrow and Mack Gordon. The song Wilhelmina was nominated for Best Song of 1950.

Mature was at the height of his career just coming off a loan out hit from Paramount in Samson And Delilah. He was big box office for 20th Century Fox at that time as was Grable. Tn their salad days the two were in I Wake Up Screaming and Song Of The Islands together and they were a romantic item at one point. Maybe Darryl Zanuck should have included My Old Flame in the score.

Best scene is when Mature uses some temperance workers played by Margaret Hamilton and Dorothy Neumann to break up Phil Harri's joint. One of his best scenes from any of his films.

Fans of the two stars should make Wabash Avenue a must.


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