To be near the fella she loves, an English bareback rider dons dungarees and cap to pass as a boy stows away to America, gets caught, marries someone else...and finally ends up in the warm ...
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Sally was an orphan who got her name from the telephone exchange where she was abandoned as a baby. In the orphanage, she discovered the joy of dancing and has been practicing since. ... See full summary »
John Francis Dillon
Joe E. Brown
The story is set in a small town near Naples early 1900. Baron Antonio Peletti is a stingy and cruel man who thinks only to spend the bare minimum needs for his son and future daughter-in-law, even if he lives in a luxurious house.
To be near the fella she loves, an English bareback rider dons dungarees and cap to pass as a boy stows away to America, gets caught, marries someone else...and finally ends up in the warm embrace of her beloved. Such fluffy foolishness is the plot of sunny, the Broadway smash brought to screen life by the irresistible Marilyn Miller, recreating her stage success in the title role. The sparkling Jerome Kern - Oscar Hammerstein lotto hardback score includes who? and the title tune. And the lovely Miller socks' em over with her winning voice, exhilarating dancing skills band infectious good cheer. If this is your firs encounter with Marilyn Miller, prepare to be a fan.
No classic, but worth watching if just for the tunes.
This is the closest we'll ever get to seeing the wonderful Marilyn Miller on stage in her role as Sunny. The title song and the memorable "Who" were some of the most popular tunes in the late '20s, as played by George Olsen and His Music (who not only played in the Broadway production but cut a record with those songs on it.) It's rather interesting that WB made this movie right at the end of the musical era: had the stock market crash happened two years later, this might well have been an color production. It was certainly intended to be a blockbuster, and if only for that reason it's worth watching -- to see what constituted "popular" in a different era.
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