Glorifying The American Girl (1929)

MILLARD WEBB

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1929.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by , Millard Webb.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Production Design by . Costume Design by John W. Harkrider.

Charming oddity from the very early sound days, about a young woman who chooses career over love.   is delightful as a girl who sings popular songs in a music store to promote sales of sheet music, madly in love with her accompanist but also ambitious to make it as a star.  She eventually rises in the ranks and becomes a Ziegfeld star, while the boy she leaves behind finds himself in the arms of the second best he can find (and as usual, the man in love with the blond must settle for the brunette).  It’s barely notable except that the entire affair was supervised by Ziegfeld himself, the musical numbers opulent affairs (for their time) featuring stars from the stage like  and , but what makes it so very interesting is that it does not have a happy romance celebrating love (and, subsequently, female submission in marriage) above all.

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