I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now

I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now

Director: Lloyd Bacon

Cast: Lenore Aubert, Truman Bradley, Harry V. Cheshire

     
 

I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now is the heavily laundered musical biopic of sentimental songwriter Joe E. Howard. As played by Mark Stevens (whose singing voice was dubbed by Buddy Clark), Howard is a humble 19th century organ salesman who rises to Broadway fame as the composer of maudlin ballads like "What's the Use of Dreaming" and jaunty ditties like "Hello MySee more details below

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I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now is the heavily laundered musical biopic of sentimental songwriter Joe E. Howard. As played by Mark Stevens (whose singing voice was dubbed by Buddy Clark), Howard is a humble 19th century organ salesman who rises to Broadway fame as the composer of maudlin ballads like "What's the Use of Dreaming" and jaunty ditties like "Hello My Baby." Along the way, he enjoys several romantic interludes, but it is fresh-faced American chorine Katie (top-billed June Haver) who lands Howard as her hubby. In real life, Joe E. Howard, who lived well into his eighties, was married several times; he was also a notorious "lifter" who regularly claimed credit for songs he never wrote (including this film's title tune!) But producer George Jessel chooses not to let the facts get in the way of a good story, maintaining a policy established by his earlier The Dolly Sisters and sustained through such subsequent musical life stories as Oh, You Beautiful Doll The I Don't Care Girl. Singer/dancer/director Gene Nelson makes his screen debut as Tommy Yale.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
As was the case with almost all Hollywood biopics of the era, I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now is a total fabrication in terms of biography. The real Joe E. Howard, whose life supposedly inspired Kissing, was nothing like the cinematic one, and his life bore little resemblance to that which is spread across the screen. However, the cinematic version of Howard's life is very similar to any number of other screen depictions -- a trite, predictable, by-the-numbers life of the kind that Hollywood used to turn out in its sleep. That Kissing manages to be passable entertainment in spite of its screenplay is largely due to the talents of director Lloyd Bacon, the delights of its color, and the distractions of its quite lovely sets and costumes. It doesn't hurt that Mark Stevens is amiable enough or that June Haver is very easy on the eyes; however, it must also be said that neither star exactly lights up the screen in this outing, and I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now could have definitely used someone with a bit more sparkle and pop. Still, it's pleasant enough, if nothing more.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/06/2012
UPC:
0024543857105
Original Release:
1947
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Mod
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
26,455

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lenore Aubert Fritzi Barrington
Truman Bradley Martin Webb
Harry V. Cheshire Stage Manager
George Cleveland John McCullem
Eddie Dunn Stage Hand
Ralph Dunn Stagehand
Antonio Filauri Italian Barber
William Frawley Jim Mason
Reginald Gardiner Will Hough
June Haver Katie
Lew Hearn Karl
Herbert Heywood Doorman
Perry Ivins Critic
Charles Judels Herman Bartholdy
Robert Emmett Keane Mr. Kurlinger
John Merton Theodore Roosevelt
Eve Miller Anita
John Miller Kassell
Gene Nelson Tommy Yale
Florence O'Brien Marie
Steve Olsen Song Plugger
Milton Parsons Mr. Fennabeck
Claire Richards Cigarette Girl
Dewey Robinson King Louis
Lewis L. Russell T.J. Milford
Harry Seymour Charley
John Sheehan Stage Doorman
Mark Stevens Joe Howard
Emmett Vogan Harris
Joe Whitehead Bartender
John Arledge Clerk
Sam McDaniel Chef
Merrill Rodin "Willie"
Frank Scannell Actor
Almira Sessions Miss Claybourne
Martha Stewart Lulu Madison
Buddy Clark Voice Over

Technical Credits
Lloyd Bacon Director
Richard Day Art Director
Lewis R. Foster Screenwriter
George Jessel Producer
Boris Leven Art Director
Louis Loeffler Editor
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ernest Palmer Cinematographer
Hermes Pan Choreography
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Marion turk Screenwriter
Joseph C. Wright Set Decoration/Design

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