Ready, Willing And Able

  • 1937
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Musical

Very weak story that is delivered in an haphazard manner, and mainly serves to plug some mediocre musical and dance numbers. An exception is "Too Marvelous for Words" (Johnny Mercer, Richard Whiting). Story focuses on two downtrodden Broadway would-be's, Dixon and Alexander, who manage to find a backer for their show on the condition that British actress,...read more

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Very weak story that is delivered in an haphazard manner, and mainly serves to plug some mediocre musical and dance numbers. An exception is "Too Marvelous for Words" (Johnny Mercer, Richard Whiting). Story focuses on two downtrodden Broadway would-be's, Dixon and Alexander, who manage

to find a backer for their show on the condition that British actress, Shaw, play the lead. But they mistakenly wind up signing Keeler, a star-struck college girl who shares the same name as Shaw. They still manage to put on the show, after Keeler's wealthy fiance agrees to pick up the tab, and

Shaw is still willing to do her part. Alexander, who despite secondary billing has one of the meatiest parts, committed suicide prior to the release of READY, WILLING AND ABLE. Alexander had been groomed for stardom by Warner Bros. in the early 1930s, but his career went downhill, and he was

relegated to roles in B pictures. This also was Keeler's last film for Warner Bros. Bobby Connolly's choreography earned an Oscar nomination. Songs include: "Just a Quiet Evening," "Sentimental and Melancholy," "Gasoline Gypsies," "The World Is My Apple," "Handy with Your Feet," "There's a Little

Old House," "Ready Willing And Able" (Johnny Mercer, Richard Whiting).

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  • Review: Very weak story that is delivered in an haphazard manner, and mainly serves to plug some mediocre musical and dance numbers. An exception is "Too Marvelous for Words" (Johnny Mercer, Richard Whiting). Story focuses on two downtrodden Broadway would-be's, D… (more)

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