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Music in Manhattan (1944)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 20 August 1945 (Sweden)
Frankie Foster and Stanley Benson are a pair of small-potatoes performers. Both try to make it to the big-time after winning an amateur talent contest. Though this leads them to a few ... See full summary »

Director:

John H. Auer

Writers:

Lawrence Kimble, Jack Scholl (story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anne Shirley ... Frankie Foster
Dennis Day ... Stanley Benson
Phillip Terry ... Johnny Pearson
Raymond Walburn ... Professor Carl Roberti
Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Pearson
Patti Brill Patti Brill ... Gladys
Charlie Barnet ... Orchestra Leader (as Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra)
Nilo Menendez Nilo Menendez ... Rhumba Band Leader (as Nico Menendez and His Rhumba Band)
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Frankie Foster and Stanley Benson are a pair of small-potatoes performers. Both try to make it to the big-time after winning an amateur talent contest. Though this leads them to a few professional gigs, something is missing from their act and they are not popular. Believing a little cash will boost their career, Frankie heads for Washington, D.C. to see if her wealthy father will help them. En route Frankie is mistaken for the wife of the well-known pilot Johnny Pearson and ends up in his suite having to pretend she is his spouse. When the pilot meets her, romantic sparks fly. Written by Robert

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world war two | See All (1) »

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Musical | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Gauchos of El Dorado (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Did You Happen to Find a Heart?
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Music by Lew Pollack
Lyrics by Herb Magidson
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Very sweet and enjoyable!
29 February 2020 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Music in Manhattan" stars mostly lesser-known actors contracted with RKO. One of them, Dennis Day, was a bit of a star as he not only starred in a few musicals, but sold a lot of records and was a semi-regular on "The Jack Benny Program". Despite this, the singing and dancing by the rest of the cast was pleasant...as was the story. I was surprised that Anne Shirley sang was well as she did, as she originally gained fame with the "Anne of Green Gables" films...which is why they changed her name to Anne Shirley.

Singing Star Frankie Foster (Shirley) needs to travel to Washington, DC but her agent (Raymond Walburn) cannot get her a plane ticket or hotel room, as the city was swamped with visitors due to the war. Several other films of the time dealt with this problem (such as "The More the Merrier"). So, he lies and says that Frankie is the wife of a war hero en route to Washington to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor (Philip Terry). This does the trick and she manages to get aboard the plane and secure a hotel room...though eventually her 'husband' shows up and that's a surprise! And, instead of being angry at her, the hero embraces it...much to her and her boyfriend's surprise! And, it's all good fun until his mama (Jane Darwell) comes to visit!!

This is a cute and very enjoyable movie. Not exactly a B-movie (as it's 81 minutes long...far too long for a B) but its lesser-name (but still very talented) cast and lower budget make it sort of like a B+ film! But a really good B+ film!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1945 (Sweden) See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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