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The Music Goes 'Round Reviews

Richman is a Broadway star who is fed up with show biz. He goes AWOL from rehearsals and ends up down South on a showboat. Struck with a change of heart and amused by the innocent good-heartedness of the boat's show business troupe, he brings his newfound players with him to New York and features them in his show. Of course, by New York standards, the showboat crew is amateursville, though they don't realize it. After being humiliated, Hudson walks off the stage and gives Richman a well-deserved sock in the jaw. The film is about as interesting as it sounds. Aside from a few good musical numbers by Lew Brown, Harry Akst, Richman, and director Schertzinger, the bits by the showboat troupe are truly amateurish. It was no joke and the film was not funny. There's also a racist portrayal of a minstrel show, not uncommon in cheap Hollywood musicals. Musical numbers include "Life Begins When You're in Love" (Victor Schertzinger, Lew Brown, Harry Richman, sung by Richman), "There'll Be No South," "Susannah" (Brown, Harry Akst, sung by Richman), "Rolling Along," "This Is Love" (Brown, Akst), "The Music Goes 'Round and 'Round" (Red Hodgson, Ed Farley, Mike Riley).