Doll Face (1945)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 1945.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by , adaptation by , based on the play The Naked Genius by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Gypsy Rose Lee’s successful play is turned into a tepid musical comedy starring as a burlesque artist trying to break into legitimate performance. After she is rejected for the umpteenth time from a big-time Broadway showman’s classy spectacle, Blaine’s boyfriend and manager comes up with the perfect suggestion to improve her image: an autobiography! That means, though, that she’ll need a ghost writer, which is where buttoned-up  comes in to help out. A few lovely musical numbers and the appearance of  in a silly supporting role make for a pleasant distraction, though what is obviously a much sharper and provocative play seems to have been softened up for Hollywood’s tamer tastes, and the bite of Lee’s own superb autobiography is missing here.

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