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Doll Face

Overview

Doll Face is one of two attempts by 20th Century-Fox to make a movie star out of crooner Perry Como (the other was If I'm Lucky). Actually, Como is but a cog in the wheel of the main plot, which involves Vivian Blaine, a stripteaser with artistic pretensions. On the advice of her manager/ boyfriend Dennis O'Keefe, Vivian undergoes a "refinement" process. The next step for the girl is to write an intellectual autobiography, for which a ghostwriter (Michael Dunne) is engaged. Forget the plot, and concentrate on the...
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Overview

Doll Face is one of two attempts by 20th Century-Fox to make a movie star out of crooner Perry Como (the other was If I'm Lucky). Actually, Como is but a cog in the wheel of the main plot, which involves Vivian Blaine, a stripteaser with artistic pretensions. On the advice of her manager/ boyfriend Dennis O'Keefe, Vivian undergoes a "refinement" process. The next step for the girl is to write an intellectual autobiography, for which a ghostwriter (Michael Dunne) is engaged. Forget the plot, and concentrate on the production numbers performed with gusto by Blaine, Como, and Carmen Miranda. Doll Face is based on The Naked Genius, a play by Louise Hovick--better known as striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Doll Face is a thoroughly enjoyable little musical with an arresting opening. The viewer sees nervous Vivian Blaine preparing for a Broadway audition, seemingly the typical naïve, innocent amateur from the sticks; immediately, you assume you're in familiar Forty-Second Street territory. But after Blaine bowls the producer over with her audition, it turns out that she's no innocent hick -- she's a stripper that's been packing them in down on the Bowery. The rest of Doll Face doesn't quite live up to its opening, eventually settling in to a fairly standard romantic triangle, but it's still handled with enough wit and finesse to make it quite engaging. It helps that Jimmy McHugh's score, while not outstanding, is always hummable and very pleasant. It also helps that the cast is very appealing. Blaine, looking somewhat and occasionally acting somewhat like Susan Hayward, is in great form and has a tremendous chemistry with Dennis O'Keefe, who does an excellent job himself. It's not O'Keefe's fault that he's saddled with a few lines regarding women and carpets that make modern viewers wince. A young Perry Como is in good voice, and he and Martha Stewart do especially well with the amusing "Dig You Later" number. And Carmen Miranda brings her unique and special charm to the film; if her "Chico" number is not the showstopper that one expects from Miranda, it's not her fault. Breezy and interesting, with just a touch of sauciness, Doll Face is an easy way to pass an hour and a half.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2004
  • UPC: 089218455697
  • Original Release: 1946
  • Rating:

  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:20:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 73,565

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vivian Blaine Doll Face
Dennis O'Keefe Mike Hannegan
Perry Como Nicky Ricci
Carmen Miranda Chita Chula
Martha Stewart Frankie Porter
Michael Dunne Gerard
Reed Hadley Flo Hartman
Stanley Prager Aide
Charles Tannen Aides
George E. Stone Stage Manager
Frank Orth Peters
Ciro Rimao Dancing Partner
Hal K. Dawson Hotel Clerk
Charles Williams Drug Store Clerk
Edgar Norton Soho
Boyd Davis Bennett
Alvin Hammer Harold, Soda Jerk
Stephen Dunne Gerard
Eric Edwards
Donald MacBride Lawyer
Lili Marlene
Philip Morris Deputy Sheriff
Sandy Summers
Lex Barker Coast Guardsman
Technical Credits
Lewis Seiler Director
Harold Adamson Songwriter
Harold Buchman Screenwriter
Norman Colbert Editor
Bryan Foy Producer
Charles Henderson Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph La Shelle Cinematographer
Boris Leven Art Director
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Jimmy McHugh Songwriter
Emil Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Leonard Praskins Screenwriter
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Jack Stubbs Set Decoration/Design
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Kenny Williams Choreography
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Chapter 1 [11:55]
3. Chapter 2 [13:31]
4. Chapter 3 [13:07]
5. Chapter 4 [12:36]
6. Chapter 5 [12:42]
7. Chapter 6 [13:08]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Chapter Index
   Catalog
   Coming Attractions
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