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Bring Your Smile Along (1955)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 1 August 1955 (UK)
Nancy Willows (Constance Towers), pretty blonde high school teacher, writes song lyrics which spark the careers of struggling young pianist-composer Martin Adams (Keefe Brasselle')and ... See full summary »

Director:

Blake Edwards

Writers:

Blake Edwards (screenplay), Richard Quine (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Frankie Laine ... Jerry Dennis
Keefe Brasselle ... Martin 'Marty' Adams
Constance Towers ... Nancy Willows
Lucy Marlow ... Marge Stevenson
William Leslie ... David Parker
Mario Siletti ... Ricardo
Ruth Warren Ruth Warren ... Mrs. Klein, Landlady
Jack Albertson ... Mr. Jenson
Bobby Clark Bobby Clark ... Waldo
Murray Leonard Murray Leonard ... Dave
Ida Smeraldo Ida Smeraldo ... Mama
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Nancy Willows (Constance Towers), pretty blonde high school teacher, writes song lyrics which spark the careers of struggling young pianist-composer Martin Adams (Keefe Brasselle')and would-be singer Jerry Dennis (Frankie Laine). When Nancy and Martin fall in love but quarrel over her old flame, David Parker (William Leslie), Nancy returns to her teaching job. Jerry reunites Nancy and Martin and, in turn, succumbs to the charms of his new secretary Marge Stevenson (Lucy Marlow). Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE BIG SONG-BUSINESS MUSICAL! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadway Eğleniyor See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The song "Every Baby Needs a Da-Da-Daddy," performed by the burlesque chorus, was originally written for Marilyn Monroe, who sang it in the 1948 Columbia "B" musical Ladies of the Chorus (1948). See more »

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Mama Mia
Written by Ned Washington and Lester Lee
Sung by Frankie Laine
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Lame musical comedy
13 April 2007 | by lzf0See all my reviews

In 1955, Blake Edwards and Richard Quine produced two musical comedies for Columbia. They collaborated on both screenplays. The Quine directed effort, "My Sister Eileen" started with sure-fire material and had the star and support power of Jack Lemmon, Betty Garrett, Janet Leigh, Bob Fosse, Tommy Rall, Dick York, and Kurt Kasznar. There was a new sparkling score by Jule Styne and Leo Robin. Well, Edwards got the short end of the stick with "Bring Your Smile Along", a hum-drum "B" movie which seemed to use the same sets as "My Sister Eileen". The screenplay was an original, but does not have an original thought in it. The performing is left to the wooden acting of jazz singer turned pop star Frankie Laine, Constance Towers, a skilled theater singer who found better opportunities on the stage, and Keefe Brasselle, whose claim to fame was miming to Eddie Cantor's soundtrack in the "Eddie Cantor Story". The musical numbers are made up of standards and some very sub-standard original material written by a committee of songwriters. The whole mess is not unpleasant, but I expected more comedy from Edwards. There is very little here. Quine's direction of "My Sister Eileen" is personal and stylized. However, Edwards' work here is strictly pedestrian.


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