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on 2 December 2014
Fox studio head, Darryl F. Zanuck, purchased John Kenyon Nicholson's story, 'The Dolly Sisters' as a vehicle for Betty Grable and Alice Faye. Unable to persuade Alice to make a comeback June Haver was cast in her place. The fictionalised account of the two Hungarian singing stars, Jenny and Rosie Dolly,(both brunettes), was turned into a box office success under Irving Cummings direction. A typical Fox musical with a fragile, predictable plot, it was a Technicolored turn-of-the century escapism romp full of glitzy showmanship. Several old and new numbers were used with the romance supplied by John Payne (Gable's choice) and Frank Latimore (Haver's man).
The costumes were stunning as were the performances of the blond leads. The two hit songs to emerge from the film were 'I Can't Begin To Tell You', by Mack Gordon and James V. Monaco (Oscar nominated), sung by Grable, Payne and Haver, and 'I'm Always Chasing Rainbows', based on a Chopin melody, sung by Grable. The support cast are admirable as are the rest of the songs and dance routines staged by Seymour Felix.
The film is wonderful, compulsive entertainment despite its biopic and period inaccuracies with a few kitschy scenes. Made in 1945 and lasting 83 minutes, they don't make them like this anymore, as the saying goes. Thoroughly enjoyable.