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Painting the Clouds with Sunshine
     

Painting the Clouds with Sunshine

Director: David Butler

Cast: Dennis Morgan, Virginia Mayo, Gene Nelson

 
Painting the Clouds with Sunshine was a remake of the 1929 musical Gold Diggers of Broadway, which no longer exists for comparison (though its first remake, Gold Diggers of 1933, has been safely preserved). Carol (Virginia Mayo), Abby (Lucille Norman) and June (Virginia Gibson) arrive in Las Vegas for the express purpose of landing millionaire

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Painting the Clouds with Sunshine was a remake of the 1929 musical Gold Diggers of Broadway, which no longer exists for comparison (though its first remake, Gold Diggers of 1933, has been safely preserved). Carol (Virginia Mayo), Abby (Lucille Norman) and June (Virginia Gibson) arrive in Las Vegas for the express purpose of landing millionaire husbands. Securing work as a singing trio, the girls do their best to cozy up to potential wealthy mates, but always seem to end up with the "wrong" kind of guy. Abby falls for impecunious gambler Vince Nichols (Dennis Morgan). The girls decide to use Vince's resources to save hotelier Felix Hoff (S.Z. Sakall) from bankruptcy. Enter Vince's tight-lipped Boston-banker cousin Bennington (Tom Conway), determined to rescue his relative from gold-diggers, and on and on the plot rolls, occasionally interrupted by splashy, Technicolorful musical numbers emphasizing the physical attributes of the three heroines. Like MGM's Singin' in the Rain, Painting the Clouds with Sunshine was designed primarily to showcase Warner Bros' backlog of songs from its early-talkie musicals.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Painting the Clouds with Sunshine is a moderately entertaining unofficial entry in the Gold Diggers series of films, but it lacks something that the original entries had plenty of: innocence. Not innocence in terms of sexuality, for there's a sauciness and a knowingness in the earlier films that is often quite entertaining. But the earlier films really believed in the silly backstage
omantic storylines that they trafficked in; Sunshine doesn't, and that lack of innocence in terms of the freshness of the story puts a bit of a damper on things. Snappy dialogue would help things, but Sunshine's dialogue is as tired as its plot. Sunshine does have an agreeable cast, with Virginia Mayo very easy on the eyes and Lucille Norman particularly easy on the ears. Norman, along with Dennis Morgan, sounds especially good on the title number and "With a Song in My Heart." When not singing, Morgan is a bit stiff, but Gene Nelson adds spark to his scenes and when given half a chance to dance, lights up the screen. Indeed, when Sunshine is singing or dancing, things are just fine; it's when it talks that one begins to feel a bit restless.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2009
UPC:
0883316125427
Original Release:
1951
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:26:00
Sales rank:
8,164

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Performance Credits
Dennis Morgan Vince Nichols
Virginia Mayo Carol
Gene Nelson Ted Lansing
Lucille Norman Abby
S.Z. Sakall Felix Hoff
Virginia Gibson June
Tom Conway Bennington
Wallace Ford Sam Parks
Tom Dugan Barney
Eddie Acuff Actor
Dolores Castle Yvette
Tristram Coffin Manager
Frank Dae Board Member
Jack Daley Doorman
Abe Dinovitch Busboy
Crauford Kent Actor
Donald Kerr Dealer
Harry Mendoza Rolondo
Joe Recht Bellboy
Brick Sullivan Actor
William Vedder Cadwalder
Paul Gustine Houseman
Garnett Marks Manager
Jill Richards Actor

Technical Credits
David Butler Director
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward Carrere Art Director
Harry Clark Screenwriter
Wilfrid M. Cline Cinematographer
Ray Heindorf Musical Direction/Supervision
William Jacobs Producer
Roland Kibbee Screenwriter
Peter Milne Screenwriter
Irene Morra Editor
LeRoy J. Prinz Choreography

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