Wabash Avenue

  • 1950
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Musical

Grable had such success with her film CONEY ISLAND (1943) that she was cast in virtually the same plot, remade with a Chicago setting, during the 1893 Columbian Exposition. She's a singer and dancer, employed at a Wabash Avenue casino (hence the title). Harris is the casino owner who wants Grable to keep working there, though she aspires to bigger things....read more

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Grable had such success with her film CONEY ISLAND (1943) that she was cast in virtually the same plot, remade with a Chicago setting, during the 1893 Columbian Exposition. She's a singer and dancer, employed at a Wabash Avenue casino (hence the title). Harris is the casino owner who

wants Grable to keep working there, though she aspires to bigger things. Mature is a producer and pal of Harris. The two have a friendly rivalry going, but the competition heats up when Mature falls for Grable. He wants to bring her to New York and put her into an important show, but Harris will

stop at nothing to keep her. Through some cons and tricks, things get a little sticky, but of course love wins out in the end.

Though the plot is better suited to a 1940s musical, this certainly has its moments of charm, and Grable at the age of 34 shows she can still dance up a storm. Harris and Mature have a good-natured chemistry, and while the story may be slight, this is a highly enjoyable musical. Plenty of good

musical numbers here, including:"I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate" (Armand J. Piron, Peter Bocage), "Walking Along with Billy," "Baby Won't You Say You Love Me," the Oscar-nominated "Wilhelmina," "May I Tempt You with a Big Red Rosy Apple?" "Clean Up Chicago," "Down on Wabash Avenue"

(Mack Gordon, Josef Myrow), "I've Been Floating Down the Old Green River" (Bert Kalmar, Joe Cooper), "I Remember You" (Victor Schertzinger, Johnny Mercer), and a dozen or so other oldies.

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  • Review: Grable had such success with her film CONEY ISLAND (1943) that she was cast in virtually the same plot, remade with a Chicago setting, during the 1893 Columbian Exposition. She's a singer and dancer, employed at a Wabash Avenue casino (hence the title). Ha… (more)

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