The Dolly Sisters

  • 1945
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Biography, Musical

This is an amiable musical look at the careers of the Dolly Sisters, musical comedy stars who delighted New York around the turn of the century. Although Hungarian siblings Jansci and Rozsicka (Jenny and Rosie) were really dark-haired, Fox cast Betty Grable and June Haver, two of their leading blonde musical lights, to essay the roles. S.Z. Sakall is Latsie,...read more

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This is an amiable musical look at the careers of the Dolly Sisters, musical comedy stars who delighted New York around the turn of the century. Although Hungarian siblings Jansci and Rozsicka (Jenny and Rosie) were really dark-haired, Fox cast Betty Grable and June Haver, two of their

leading blonde musical lights, to essay the roles. S.Z. Sakall is Latsie, their adorable uncle, who talks Oscar Hammerstein (Frank Middlemass) into letting them perform at his Victoria Theater. The sisters quickly become the toasts of New York City. Meanwhile, Jenny (Grable) falls in love with

composer Harry Fox (John Payne) and Rosie (Haver) goes for Irving Netcher (Frank Latimore.) It's almost one musical number after another, the entire movie little more than an excuse to parade Grable's and Haver's legs and voices and Orry-Kelly's sensational costumes. Still, it's one of the most

pleasant and tuneful musicals Fox ever produced and a joy to watch. Good second banana work by Sakall, Gene Sheldon, Trudy Marshall, Reginald Gardiner, Sig Ruman and Middlemass. A Best Song Oscar nomination was given to "I Can't Begin to Tell You" (Mack Gordon, James V. Monaco), but it lost to

another Fox film song, STATE FAIR's "It Might as Well Be Spring" by Rogers and Hammerstein. A Chopin melody became the basis of "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows," with lyrics by Harry Carroll and Joseph McCarthy. Other songs include: "Powder, Lipstick and Rouge" (Gordon, Harry Revel), "Give Me the

Moonlight" (Lew Brown, Albert von Tilzer), "On the Mississippi" (Ballard MacDonald, Arthur Fields, Carroll), "We Have Been Around" (Gordon, Charles Henderson), "Carolina in the Morning" (Gus Kahn, Walter Donaldson), "Arrah Go on I'm Gonna Go Back to Oregon" (Joe Young, Sam Lewis, Bert Grant),

"Darktown Strutters' Ball" (Shelton Brooks), "The Vamp" (Byron Gay), "Hungarian Dance No. 5 in F Sharp Minor" (Brahms), "Smiles" (Will Callahan, Lee S. Roberts), "Oh, Frenchie" (Sam Ehrlich, Con Conrad), "Pack up Your Troubles" (Felix Powell, George Asaf), "Mademoiselle from Armentieres," and "The

Sidewalks of New York" (James Blake, Charles B. Lawlor).

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