Palm Springs

  • 1936
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Musical

The great comic playwright George S. Kaufman was a stolid nonbeliever in the musical comedy who felt that songs were an annoyance that got in the way of jokes. PALM SPRINGS bears out his theory. Standing plays a wealthy gambler who finds his funds quickly shrinking. He tries to get his daughter (Langford) to marry the ever-charming Niven, an English millionaire....read more

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The great comic playwright George S. Kaufman was a stolid nonbeliever in the musical comedy who felt that songs were an annoyance that got in the way of jokes. PALM SPRINGS bears out his theory. Standing plays a wealthy gambler who finds his funds quickly shrinking. He tries to get his

daughter (Langford) to marry the ever-charming Niven, an English millionaire. She almost agrees but disappoints her father and his pocketbook when she falls for poor-but-honest cowboy Ballew. Potentially good moments in the story are sabotaged by the constant interruptions of musical numbers. This

was Ballew's film debut, after a fine career on radio; Standing and Niven give the most effective performances. Songs include the hit tune "I'm in the Mood for Love" (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh), "The Hills of Old Wyoming" (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin, sung by Smith Ballew, Frances Langford), "I

Don't Want to Make History [I Just Want to Make Love]" (Rainger, Robin, sung by Langford), "Palm Springs," "Dreaming Out Loud" (Rainger, Robin), "Will I Ever Know" (Mack Gordon, Harry Revel, sung by Langford).

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