Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1936. Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Warren Duff, based on the play Sweet Mystery of Life by Richard Maibaum, Michael Wallace, George Haight. Cinematography by Arthur Edeson. Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner. Music by Heinz Roemheld. Production Design by Max Parker. Costume Design by Orry-Kelly. Film Editing by Thomas Richards.
Dick Powell stars in this pedestrian “Let’s put on a show” musical, one of the many choreographed by Busby Berkeley to entertain Depression-era audiences. Victor Moore wants to put on a new Broadway musical revue, having no idea that his partners have actually lost all their money to gambling. A bungled attempt to pull an insurance scam is the main motivation to get the show on, and oh boy what a show! The Berkeley-directed Gold Diggers of 1935 is highly superior.
Academy Award Nomination: Best Dance Direction (“Love and War”)