Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Tin Pan Alley (1940).
Tin Pan Alley (1940). Musical. Cast Alice Faye, Betty Grable, John Payne and Jack Oakie.
In New York, in 1915, 46th Street and 8th Avenue was known as Tin Pan Alley, the headquarters for song publishers. That's where you will find vaudevillian Harry Calhoun and Skeets Harrigan. To help pay the rent, Skeets must fight in the boxing ring. They hire the Blane sisters to sing their songs and Katie loans Skeets the money to buy the tune that makes them a success. Skeets gives a well-known singer the song that he had promised to Katie, Katie heartbroken joins her sister Lily in her London act. In London, the sisters become a huge success while back in New York, Skeets and Calhoun's business fails and Skeets is forced to return to the boxing ring to pay their bills. When war is declared, the partners, enlist in the army and are sent overseas to London. Will they be reunited?
Before filming began, there was a feud between Faye and Grable, although the two actresses had never met. On the first day of production, the actresses quickly became lifelong friends. A similar incident happened with Grable and Marilyn Monroe while filming How to Marry a Millionaire. Like the earlier incident, the two actresses became friends.
Tyrone Power and Don Ameche were considered to play the leading roles in the film. Scheduling conflicts took them out and the roles went to Payne and Oakie.