Dazzled by the BRIGHT LIGHTS of Broadway success, a burlesque actor is blinded as to what's really most important in life.
The film career of Joe E. Brown, Warner's rubber-faced comedian, essentially reached its zenith in this very enjoyable little comedy/drama obviously tailored for Joe's considerable skills. All too soon a change of studios would sidetrack Brown into cheaply made movies which would inevitably dim his celebrity. But here, in this backstage show biz story, his talents may still be enjoyed at full throttle.
Although the movie was directed by Busby Berkeley, it includes none of his celebrated dance extravaganzas, focusing instead on personality rather than pulchritude. The film is fortunate in that Brown, presented as a Broadway star, is genuinely funny when engaging in his slapstick humor. Whether dangerously balancing on a balcony rail as part of his stage act, using his tremendous mouth to great advantage while telling a party story about a 'little mousie,' or engaging in impressive nightclub acrobatic stunts with The Maxellos, Joe is never less than hilarious.
Although the focus is firmly on Brown, he is given able support from the rest of the cast: Ann Dvorak as his patient, long-suffering wife; Joseph Cawthorn as a fatherly theatrical troupe manager; William Gargan as an energetic press agent; and lovely Patricia Ellis as a stage bound heiress. William Demarest appears for a few seconds as a determined detective. Best of all is Arthur Treacher, wonderful as Brown's impeccable new valet.
Movie mavens will recognize sour faced Clarence Wilson as a train station clerk.
Comedy / Music
Comedy / Music
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Joe Wilson is a small-time Burlesque performer in a troupe which is touring the stix playing to the hix, and his wife, Fay, is his stage partner. A madcap, runaway heiress, Claire Whitmore, joins the troupe on a whim. Then, along comes an advance man for a Broadway show, sees there is a good ticket-selling angle with Claire, and teams her with Joe (to carry the load) and all hands head for the Great White Way...except faithful Fay, who goes back to burlesque dancing. In the bright lights of New York City, Claire turns Joe every which way but loose, and Joe isn't resisting none too much.
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May 27, 2022 at 06:15 PM