Too Much Harmony

  • 1933
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Musical

An old-fashioned backstage show-biz yarn that bears more than a passing resemblance to CLOSE HARMONY (1929), a talkie which was codirected by Sutherland with titles written by Mankiewicz. Crosby is a New York stage personality who finds himself stuck in a tiny Ohio town. While there, he meets a terrific comedy team in Oakie and Gallagher, plus young Judith...read more

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An old-fashioned backstage show-biz yarn that bears more than a passing resemblance to CLOSE HARMONY (1929), a talkie which was codirected by Sutherland with titles written by Mankiewicz. Crosby is a New York stage personality who finds himself stuck in a tiny Ohio town. While there, he

meets a terrific comedy team in Oakie and Gallagher, plus young Judith Allen, a looker if there ever was one. He helps Allen get her chance at Broadway stardom and she succeeds in that, as well as nabbing Der Bingle out of the clutches of naughty Tashman. Green scores as a noisy, cantankerous

Broadway producer; Sparks contributes some funnies as a man who despises actors and Oakie's real-life mother, Evelyn Oakie, shows where her son got his talent. Coslow and Johnston wrote some undistinguished numbers which include Crosby's singing of "Thanks" and "Black Moonlight" (a sequence that

has a bevy of chorus beauties change colors from white to black and back to white). Other songs include: "Cradle Me with a Ha-Cha Lullaby," "Two Aristocrats," "Buckin' the Wind," "The Day You Came Along," and "Boo Boo Boo." Some charm, a few funny lines, but little else to recommend it other than

Crosby's personal magnetism. Allen disappeared from the screen quickly after this. The role called for a chirper but it was obvious that she didn't have it in the vocal department as the singing voice did not match her speaking voice, whether in tone, timbre, or lip movements.

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  • Review: An old-fashioned backstage show-biz yarn that bears more than a passing resemblance to CLOSE HARMONY (1929), a talkie which was codirected by Sutherland with titles written by Mankiewicz. Crosby is a New York stage personality who finds himself stuck in a… (more)

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