Everybody Sing

Everybody Sing

Director: Edwin L. Marin, Allan Jones, Fanny Brice, Judy Garland

Cast: Edwin L. Marin, Allan Jones, Fanny Brice, Judy Garland

     
 
Everybody Sing is an uncertain blend of screwball comedy and standard MGM musical. Reginald Owen plays Hillary Bellaire, patriarch of a looney theatrical family, while Billie Burke co-stars as his overly dramatic actress wife Diana. What story there is gets under way when the Bellaire's daughters Judy (Judy Garland) and Sylvia (Lynne Carver) are expelled from

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Everybody Sing is an uncertain blend of screwball comedy and standard MGM musical. Reginald Owen plays Hillary Bellaire, patriarch of a looney theatrical family, while Billie Burke co-stars as his overly dramatic actress wife Diana. What story there is gets under way when the Bellaire's daughters Judy (Judy Garland) and Sylvia (Lynne Carver) are expelled from school because Judy insists upon singing Mendelssohn to a "swing" beat. As it turns out, Judy is the most sensible member of the family! In one of her few film appearances, Fanny Brice is rather wasted as a Russian maidservant, though she does get to perform a musical number based on her "Baby Snooks" radio character. Far better served within the film's framework is MGM's resident tenor Allan Jones as the family's chauffeur and Reginald Gardiner as Diana Bellaire's long-suffering stage leading man.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A mediocre musical stew from MGM, Everybody Sing is primarily of interest as a chance to see Judy Garland while she (and MGM) was still trying to figure out just who Judy Garland was, and as a rare chance to see Fanny Brice, legendary stage and radio comedienne/singer known to modern audiences mostly through Barbra Streisand's not-accurate recreation of her in Funny Girl and Funny Lady. Garland is well worth watching. She's still raw and rough around the edges, pushing a little hard in places; but the voice is full of the Garland magic, a brass bell coated in cream and sugar. Even when saddled with mostly second-rate songs, as is the case here, Garland can find some emotional core in them that will resonate with listeners, and she's ebulliently larksome here. But be warned: this is one of those films in which Garland dons blackface for a number. Brice is another matter; while one can glimpse some of the genius that must have skyrocketed off the stage, on screen she comes across as too big, too artificial. Still, there are some wonderful moments, and those moments are worth catching. The rest of the cast is variable, with Allan Jones in fine voice but wooden form, Reginald Owen and Billie Burke pushing too hard, Reginald Gardiner quite good and Lynne Carver quite fetching. The screenplay is nonsensical and often annoying, the direction is busy but dull, and the songs undistinguished -- so this is one best reserved for the fans or for those with a high nostalgia fondness.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/06/2009
UPC:
0883316203941
Original Release:
1938
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
37,494

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Allan Jones Ricky Saboni
Fanny Brice Olga Chekaloff
Judy Garland Judy Bellaire
Reginald Owen Hillary Bellaire
Billie Burke Diana Bellaire
Reginald Gardiner Jerrold Hope
Lynne Carver Sylvia Bellaire
Helen Troy Hillary's secretary
Monty Woolley John Fleming
Adia Kuznetzoff Boris
Henry Armetta Signor Vittorino
Michelette Burani Madame Le Brouchette
Mary Forbes Miss Colvin
Elise Cavanna Actor

Technical Credits
Edwin L. Marin Director
William Axt Musical Direction/Supervision
George Bassman Score Composer
Seymour Felix Choreography
Cedric Gibbons Production Designer
David Gould Choreography
William S. Gray Editor
James Gruen Screenwriter
Gus Kahn Songwriter
Bert Kalmar Songwriter
Harry Rapf Producer
Harry Ruby Songwriter
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Florence Ryerson Screenwriter
Edgar Allan Woolf Screenwriter

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