Hello, Everybody

  • 1933
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Musical

A record-setting film starring America's great-voiced chanteuse of the airwaves, Smith; the picture cost more than $2 million to make, more than any previous musical film, and it did the worst box-office business of any film up to that time during the first week of its release--this despite the star's popularity with middle America through the media of...read more

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A record-setting film starring America's great-voiced chanteuse of the airwaves, Smith; the picture cost more than $2 million to make, more than any previous musical film, and it did the worst box-office business of any film up to that time during the first week of its release--this

despite the star's popularity with middle America through the media of radio and personal appearances, which led all the major studios to compete for her maiden film and drove up the cost of production. Tragedy expert Hurst's plot has the booming Smith as a simple rustic who becomes a radio star,

even though she prefers domesticity down on the farm. She falls hard for cityslicker Scott, who prefers her sister, Blane--real-life sibling of Loretta Young--whom he ultimately marries. Smith swallows her sorrows and puts on a happy face, consoling herself vicariously with the joys of those she

loves, and her good nature propels her to superstardom. Smith was no actress, and the outtake footage weighed more than she did herself. Save for a brief cameo in THIS IS THE ARMY (1943), starring Ronald Reagan (who later, in real life, presented her with a presidential medal), this was both her

first and her last picture. Songs include "Shoulda Been for Me," "Moon Song," "Out in the Great Open Spaces," "Queen of Lullabye Land," "Twenty Million People," and the amazing "Pickaninnies' Heaven," which recounts the joys of endless watermelons. The star's real-life Svengali, agent/manager Ted

Collins, played--guess what?--Smith's agent in the film, demonstrating rather more acting talent than she herself.

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