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Variety Girl (1947)

Dozens of star and character-actor cameos and a message about the Variety Club (show-business charity) are woven into a framework about two hopeful young ladies who come to Hollywood, ... See full summary »

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George Marshall

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Monte Brice (screenplay), William Cottrell (special puppetoon sequence) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Hatcher ... Catherine Brown / Juliet
Olga San Juan ... Amber La Vonne
DeForest Kelley ... Bob Kirby
Frank Ferguson ... R.J. O'Connell
Glenn Tryon ... Bill Farris
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Webster
Torben Meyer ... Andre - Brown Derby Headwaiter
Jack Norton ... Busboy at Brown Derby
Elaine Riley ... Cashier (Brown Derby)
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Mr. O'Connell's Assistant
Gus Taute Gus Taute ... O'Connell's Assistant's Assistant
Harry Hayden ... Manager - Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Bing Crosby ... Bing Crosby
Bob Hope ... Bob Hope
Gary Cooper ... Gary Cooper
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Storyline

Dozens of star and character-actor cameos and a message about the Variety Club (show-business charity) are woven into a framework about two hopeful young ladies who come to Hollywood, exchange identities, and cause comic confusion (with slapstick interludes) throughout the Paramount studio. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mädchen für Hollywood See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (cartoon sequence)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Includes a five-minute color Puppetoon segment "Romeow and Julicat" by George Pal. It turned out to be Pal's last Puppetoon short; he split up with Paramount afterwards to become an independent producer. See more »

Quotes

Bing Crosby: [after Bob Hope falls off the stage during their dance number] I sure do miss Fred Astaire!
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Alternate Versions

Although the George Pal Puppetoon sequence was originally presented in Technicolor, most extant prints of "Variety Girl" now show this segment in black-and-white. See more »

Connections

References Going My Way (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

TIGER RAG
Written by Edwin B. Edwards, Nick LaRocca, Tony Sbarbaro, Henry Ragas and Larry Shields
Lyrics by Harry DeCosta
Performed on harmonica by Jimmy Mulcay & Mildred Mulcay with Bob Hope
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All Hail the Variety Clubs
24 August 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I've said this often enough. There is no way I will ever give a film like this a bad review. Just an unregenerate stargazer I guess.

The demise of the studio system makes this kind of film impossible now. You couldn't possibly afford to pay all the talented people here what they would be worth on the open market. But when they're all working at Paramount studios at the time, such films are possible.

The thin plot of this film is that young Mary Hatcher who back as an infant was left in a movie theater and adopted by the managers of several theaters. She became a project for them and the cause of why they founded the Variety Club Charitable Foundation.

Mary's grown up now and has aspirations to be an actress. She goes to Paramount where Frank Ferguson is now a big wig. She and a goofy friend Olga San Juan get everyone confused as to who is who. Especially young DeForest Kelley who is a Paramount talent scout.

Both Hatcher and Kelley were pretty unknown at the time. Hatcher had in fact come from Broadway and the original production of Oklahoma where she had replaced Joan Roberts in the lead. This was DeForest Kelley and it was only his second film. But I seem to remember he got a big break a little less than 20 years later playing a futuristic doctor on some science fiction show.

But this is really just an excuse to have all the Paramount name talent strut their stuff. One interesting sequence was one where Alan Ladd hijacks an airliner and in the midst of a dramatic scene bursts into song with Dorothy Lamour about the capital city of Florida, Tallahassee. Ladd had a pleasant, if not great singing voice and I'm sure he loved the opportunity to spoof his own hardboiled image.

Gary Cooper made an obligatory appearance and this turned out to be his farewell appearance with Paramount, the studio that discovered and developed him.

Of course heading the cast were the two that really kept Paramount in the black in those days, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. Bing was in the midst of a five year run as the nation's number one box office attraction. And in 1949 he would be succeeded by one Bob Hope. They have a duet called Harmony in which the rest of the cast joins in at the finale.

Curiously enough Bing only recorded Tallahassee and with the Andrews Sisters. Why he and Hope didn't do Harmony on record is a mystery to me.

Just about everyone on the lot but Betty Hutton got into this one. I wonder where she was?


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