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Manhattan Merry-Go-Round
     

Manhattan Merry-Go-Round

Director: Charles "Chuck" Riesner, Phil Regan, Leo Carrillo, Ann Dvorak

Cast: Charles "Chuck" Riesner, Phil Regan, Leo Carrillo, Ann Dvorak

 

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In this musical comedy, a crooked record producer uses his mob connections to force performers to do their stuff. The trouble really begins when the gangster's strong-arm tactics nearly cause a singer to lose his fiancée. A wide variety of entertainers appear including cowboy crooner Gene Autry, baseball hero Joe DiMaggio, and big band stars Cab Calloway, Ted Lewis,

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In this musical comedy, a crooked record producer uses his mob connections to force performers to do their stuff. The trouble really begins when the gangster's strong-arm tactics nearly cause a singer to lose his fiancée. A wide variety of entertainers appear including cowboy crooner Gene Autry, baseball hero Joe DiMaggio, and big band stars Cab Calloway, Ted Lewis, and the Kay Thompson Singers. Songs include "Mamma I Wanna Make Rhythm," "Manhattan Merry-Go-Round," "Heaven?," "I Owe You," and "It's Round-up Time in Reno."

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Manhattan Merry-Go-Round is a silly little trifle, but for those in an undemanding mood, it's kind of fun. Forget about the plot. It's there, and it actually is a little stronger than the plots of other movies which were really musical revues but were afraid to admit it; but Manhattan's plot is not what makes it worth watching. It's the specialties, the musical and other acts that are peppered throughout the film. For oddity, there's the sight of Joe DiMaggio warbling a little before recounting a story about his sterling baseball career. On a more engaging note, there's the unique Kay Thompson in one of her rare screen appearances, lending her special magic to "I Owe You" and "All Over Nothing at All," and the always-entertaining Cab Calloway hi-de-ho-ing through "Mama, I Want to Make Rhythm." Fans of Ted Lewis will find him in a couple of numbers, and star Phil Regan's smooth crooning is heard to good effect throughout the film -- once in conjunction with cowboy star Gene Autry. Regan also acquits himself quite nicely in the "plot" portions of the film, as does a sweet Ann Dvorak. Tamara Geva enlivens things with her diva routine, James Gleason is an interesting ladies' man/gangster and Leo Carrillo does the best he can with his one-note character. The direction is a bit iffy at times, the numbers are shot in a static manner, and the script is so much nonsense -- but you just watch it for the acts, you'll do fine.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/26/2010
UPC:
0089218598493
Original Release:
1937
Source:
Alpha Video
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
55,425

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Phil Regan Jerry Hart
Leo Carrillo Gordoni
Ann Dvorak Ann Rogers
Tamara Geva Charlizzini
James Gleason Danny The Duck
Joe DiMaggio Himself
Henry Armetta Spadoni
Luis Alberni Martinetti
Max "Alibi" Terhune Max Terhune
Smiley Burnette Frog
Selmar Jackson J. Henry Thorne
Eddie Kane Mcmurray
Moroni Olsen Jonathan
Nellie V. Nichols Momma Gordoni
Gennaro Curci Michael Angelo
Sam Finn Speed
Robert Perry Baldy
Jack Adair Eddie
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Cab Calloway Actor
Ted Lewis Actor
Louis Prima Actor
Kay Thompson Actor
Al Herman Blackie
Dorothy Arnold uncredited dancer

Technical Credits
Charles "Chuck" Riesner Director
Alberto Colombo Musical Direction/Supervision
John Victor Mackay Production Designer
Jack A. Marta Cinematographer
Ernest Nims Editor
Harry Sauber Producer,Screenwriter
Murray Seldeen Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Manhattan Merry-Go-Round
2. Chapter 1 [12:22]
3. Chapter 2 [14:14]
4. Chapter 3 [14:07]
5. Chapter 4 [13:47]
6. Chapter 5 [14:20]
7. Chapter 6 [15:48]

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