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Colleen

Overview

The titular colleen is Ruby Keeler, hired to manage a dress shop by wealthy Dick Powell. Keeler is the replacement for slatternly Joan Blondell, who'd been assigned the job by Powell's philandering father Hugh Herbert. With Powell and Keeler at the helm, it's no time at all before the musical numbers proliferate, though none of the songs have the staying power of those in such earlier Warners musicals as 42nd Street and Golddiggers of 1933. The best number, "Boulevardier from the Bronx," is familiar to modern ...
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Overview

The titular colleen is Ruby Keeler, hired to manage a dress shop by wealthy Dick Powell. Keeler is the replacement for slatternly Joan Blondell, who'd been assigned the job by Powell's philandering father Hugh Herbert. With Powell and Keeler at the helm, it's no time at all before the musical numbers proliferate, though none of the songs have the staying power of those in such earlier Warners musicals as 42nd Street and Golddiggers of 1933. The best number, "Boulevardier from the Bronx," is familiar to modern viewers thanks to its constant use in Warner Bros. cartoons. A lesser Powell/Keeler outing, Colleen contains what many film buffs regard as the definitive performance of character comedian Hugh "Woo Woo" Herbert.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A middling but entertaining featherweight of a musical, Colleen is an amiable way to spend a little time, especially if you are someone who is willing to put up with a silly plot and a merely serviceable score in order to listen to Dick Powell sing, watch Ruby Keeler dance, laugh at a few Joan Blondell wisecracks, and lapse into giggles at Hugh Herbert's "woo woo" routine. Indeed, Colleen is the kind of film that rises or falls depending upon one's enjoyment of the cast. Keeler is no better an actress and possesses no finer a voice here than she does in any other film, so if her naïve charm and style of dancing have never worked for you, they won't here. Powell does well with a part he could play in his sleep, and Blondell again shows that she can get laughs even from a weak retort. A little of Herbert tends to go a long way, but he's actually shown off to good advantage here. Colleen also boasts one of the rare performances of Paul Draper, a poor actor but a very special dancer; his work with Keeler here, especially in the finale, is worth keeping an eye out for. The Harry Warren-Al Dubin score is not a standout, but it's certainly catchy enough.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/2/2009
  • UPC: 883316164525
  • Original Release: 1936
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: B&W / Full Frame
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,898

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dick Powell Donald Ames III
Ruby Keeler Colleen Riley
Jack Oakie Joe Cork
Joan Blondell Minnie Hawkins
Hugh Herbert Cedric Ames
Louise Fazenda Alicia Ames
Paul Draper Paul Gordon
Marie Wilson Mabel
Luis Alberni Carlo
Hobart Cavanaugh Noggin
Berton Churchill Logan
J.M. Kerrigan Pop Reilly
Spencer Charters Dr. Frothingham
Addison Richards Schuyler
Mary Treen Miss Hively
Charles Coleman Butler
Alphonse Martell Head Waiter
Iris March Miss Graham
Herbert Evans Flootman
Emmett Vogan Official
Cyril Ring Client
Harry Depp Assistant
Shirley Lloyd Girl
Bob Murphy Cop
Ward Bond Sweeney the Cop
Alma Lloyd Nurse
Sarah Edwards Society Woman
Laura Pierpont Society Woman
John Albright Page Boy
Andre Cheron Waiter
Edward Keane Edwards
George Andre Beranger Jeweler
Antonio Filauri Bartender
Charles Delaney Ship's Radio Operator
Joan Barclay Cafe Guest
Technical Credits
Alfred E. Green Director
George Barnes Cinematographer
Bobby Connolly Choreography
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Byron Haskin Cinematographer, Editor
Frederick Hugh Herbert Screenwriter
Sig Herzig Screenwriter
Robert Lord Original Story
Peter Milne Screenwriter
Terrell O. Morse Editor
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Max Parker Art Director
Sol Polito Cinematographer
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