Hello, Frisco, Hello

Hello, Frisco, Hello

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone

Cast: Alice Faye, John Payne, Jack Oakie

     
 

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Though a lesser 20th Century-Fox musical, Hello, Frisco, Hello was one of the studio's most successful wartime efforts. John Payne plays Johnny Cornell, a sharp wheeler-dealer operating on the Barbary Coast at the turn of the century. With the help of his songstress girlfriend Trudy Evans (Alice Faye), Johnny gains a reputation as a first-class showman. Soon,See more details below

Overview

Though a lesser 20th Century-Fox musical, Hello, Frisco, Hello was one of the studio's most successful wartime efforts. John Payne plays Johnny Cornell, a sharp wheeler-dealer operating on the Barbary Coast at the turn of the century. With the help of his songstress girlfriend Trudy Evans (Alice Faye), Johnny gains a reputation as a first-class showman. Soon, however, success goes to Johnny's head, and he deserts Trudy in favor of Nob Hill socialite Bernice Croft (Lynn Bari). The disheartened Trudy heads to England, where she becomes the toast of London's theatrical set. Meanwhile, Johnny marries Bernice, who talks him into a series of money-losing "artistic" theatrical ventures. Learning of the reversal in Johnny's fortunes, Trudy secretly finances his comeback, leading to a happy ending for everyone except the pretentious Bernice. A loose reworking of 1936's King of Burlesque, Hello, Frisco Hello benefits from the comedy relief of Jack Oakie and from a string of enjoyable tunes, including the Oscar-winning "You'll Never Know."

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
As a musical movie, Hello, Frisco, Hello is no great shakes, but as a star vehicle for the lovely and appealing Alice Faye, it serves its purpose very well, thank you. Make no mistake, Frisco has a screenplay that any writer with half a day's experience could have churned out in his sleep. The basic set-up is trite, the plot is all by the numbers, the characterizations make paper seem thick, and the dramatic situations are about as blatant and obvious as one could possibly imagine. Some of the dialogue is a bit better than expected, and there are a few amusing lines here and there, but this isn't a film to be saved by its witty repartee. What saves it is the luscious Faye, looking absolutely stunning in her Helen Rose outfits and practically shimmering in every delicious Technicolor close-up. And she's in very fine voice, using those low, melting tons of hers to milk every last drop out of one of her signature songs, the gorgeous Harry Warren-penned "You'll Never Know," as well as a dozen or so other numbers. Opposite her, John Payne is a bit stiff, and his character not terribly appealing, but Jack Oakie and June Havoc are aces in the comic supporting roles. There are more musical numbers than you can shake a stick at, which is all to the good, for when the singing stops, the trouble begins. Watch Frisco for Faye, the physical production and its songs -- and be ready to press "fast forward" after much of the dialogue.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2008
UPC:
0024543536932
Original Release:
1943
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:39:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Isolated score track; Hello Again: The Remaking of Alice Faye featurette; Restoration comparison; Original theatrical trailer; Advertising gallery; Still gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alice Faye Trudy Evans
John Payne Johnny Cornell
Jack Oakie Dan Daley
Lynn Bari Bernice Croft
Laird Cregar Sam Weaver
June Havoc Beulah Clancy
Ward Bond Sharkey
Aubrey Mather Charles Cochran
John Archer Ned Clark
George Lloyd Proprietor
Frank Darien Missionary
Harry Hayden Burkham
Eddie Dunn Foreman
Charles Cane O'Riley
Kirby Grant Specialty Singer
Mary Field Cockney Maid
George Barbier Col. Weatherby
Fortunio Bonanova Actor
Marie Brown Roller Skating Specialty
Ken Christy Headwaiter
Gino Corrado Actor
Esther Dale Aunt Harriett
Edward Earle Stage Manager
James Flavin Headwaiter
Ruth Gillette Singer
Adia Kuznetzoff Opera Singer
Ed Mundy Preacher
Frank Orth Lou, the bartender
John Sinclair Actor
Jack Stoney Drunk
Frank M. Thomas Auctioneer

Technical Credits
H. Bruce Humberstone Director
James Basevi Art Director
Charles G. Clarke Cinematographer
Allen M. Davey Cinematographer
Robert Ellis Screenwriter
Paul S. Fox Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Charles Henderson Musical Direction/Supervision
Boris Leven Art Director
Thomas K. Little Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Helen Logan Screenwriter
Richard Macaulay Screenwriter
Barbara McLean Editor
Emil Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Hermes Pan Choreography
Val Raset Choreography
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Milton Sperling Producer
Harry Warren Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hello, Frisco, Hello
1. Main Titles / The Show Begins [3:13]
2. By the Watermelon Vine (Lindy Lou) [1:28]
3. Hello, Frisco, Hello [1:49]
4. You'll Never Know [2:25]
5. The Show Ends [:44]
6. Transition [3:04]
7. Ragtime Cowboy Joe [1:11]
8. Our Way [1:06]
9. Sweet Cider Time, When You Were Mine [:43]
10. Dream Come True [:47]
11. The Dance of the Grizzly Bear [1:23]
12. Courting [3:06]
13. A Kiss [2:28]
14. Gold [4:33]
15. Deception [3:53]
16. It's a Tulip Time in Holland [:28]
17. They Always Pick on Me [1:40]
18. Socialite Sorrows [4:43]
19. I Want You [2:23]
20. Go for It [1:39]
21. Bedelia/Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly? [4:38]
22. The Proposal [1:51]
23. Going Abroad [3:00]
24. The Shopw Goes On [4:46]
25. By the Light of the Silvery Moon [2:04]
26. Old Friends [3:48]
27. The Truth Comes Out [1:18]
28. Gee, But It's Great to Meet a Friend From Your Home Town [3:22]
29. Friends in Trouble [3:15]
30. Striking It Rich [1:20]
31. The Setup [5:26]
32. You'll Never Know [2:20]
33. Too Proud [1:22]
34. Strike up the Band (Here Comes a Sailor)/I've Got a Gal in Every Port [1:53]
35. The Secret's Out [3:01]
36. Hello Frisco, Hello/You'll Never Know (Reprise) [:30]

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