It All Came True

  • 1940
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Crime, Musical

Every year, TV networks are besieged by people who think they have new ideas. One of the treatments that comes across their desks regularly is the one about "the theatrical boarding house where anything can happen, and usually does." It's become a joke among the executives, but the truth is that someone actually made that story, and it was called IT ALL...read more

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Every year, TV networks are besieged by people who think they have new ideas. One of the treatments that comes across their desks regularly is the one about "the theatrical boarding house where anything can happen, and usually does." It's become a joke among the executives, but the truth is

that someone actually made that story, and it was called IT ALL CAME TRUE. A feeble attempt at comedy in the Damon Runyon mold (although based on a Louis Bromfield opus), this is a hit-and-miss affair with some offbeat casting. Sheridan and Lynn are, respectively, a singer and a songwriter. Their

mothers, O'Connor and Busley, run the aforementioned boarding house. The two youngsters return to the house, with Lynn bringing Bogart in tow. It seems that Bogie killed a cop with Lynn's revolver, so Lynn, to protect himself, is going to hide Bogart at the boarding house until the heat is off. He

tells everyone that Bogart is a nervous type who has to stay in his room because he's suffering from a phobia. Sheridan spies Bogart and recognizes him as a former nightclub owner for whom she'd once sung. Bogart hides out for a few days but succumbs to the ministrations of O'Connor and Busley who

want to help out the man. Getting a little stir-crazy, Bogart comes down into the parlor to stretch his legs and sees that the boarding house is full of talent. They put on a show for each other. Bogart suggests converting the place into a night club and charging admission. On opening night Pitts,

the housekeeper, finks to the cops, and they arrive to arrest Bogart. But instead of fighting it out, Bogart has become a sentimental softie and gives up without a shot. Lynn is cleared, so he and Sheridan can get married and raise a bunch of tap-dancers. The show is a huge success and the house

is saved. Not too many funny lines, but the songs are plentiful. They include "Angel in Disguise" (Kim Gannon, Stephen Weiss, Paul Mann), "The Gaucho Serenade" (James Cavanaugh, John Redmond, Nat Simon), "Pretty Baby", "Memories" (Gus Kahn and Egbert van Alstyne), "Ain't We Got Fun" (Richard

Whiting), "Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet" (Stanley Murphy and Percy Wenrich), and "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" (Chauncey Olcott and George Graff, Jr.).

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