Up in Central Park

Up in Central Park

Director: William Seiter

Cast: Deanna Durbin, Dick Haymes, Vincent Price

     
 

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The Dorothy Fields-Sigmund Romberg Broadway musical Up in Central Park has been retooled as a vehicle for a pleasantly plump Deanna Durbin. Set in New York in the 1870s, the film casts Durbin as hoydenish Irish immigrant Rosie Moore, who becomes the romantic bone of contention between muckraking newspaper reporter John Matthews (Dick Haymes) and corrupt but

Overview

The Dorothy Fields-Sigmund Romberg Broadway musical Up in Central Park has been retooled as a vehicle for a pleasantly plump Deanna Durbin. Set in New York in the 1870s, the film casts Durbin as hoydenish Irish immigrant Rosie Moore, who becomes the romantic bone of contention between muckraking newspaper reporter John Matthews (Dick Haymes) and corrupt but charming political boss Tweed (Vincent Price, considerably handsomer and slimmer than the real Tweed). With Rosie's help, John manages to expose Tweed's Tammany Hall shenanigans. Though only two songs have been retained from the original Broadway production, both Durbin and Haymes are afforded several opportunities to sing. Featured in the cast as Durbin's father is Albert Sharpe, who'd just completed a run in the smash New York musical Finian's Rainbow and who later played the title role in Disney's Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959). Best scene: The Currier & Ives ballet, one of the few holdovers from the stage version of Up in Central Park.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Up in Central Park is based upon famed operetta composer Sigmund Romberg's final Broadway hit, but as was all too usual for Hollywood adaptations of the period, it was brought to the screen with precious little of the show's music intact. Since the music was, by and large, the real selling point of the show, it means that Up faces an uphill battle. Karl Tunberg's adaptation of the show's book is adequate, adding more plot but not really making it into a strong story. The dialogue veers from fairly witty to fairly lame, often within the same scene, and of course it plays fast and loose with history. William Seiter's direction is so-so; it moves the film along but doesn't really take advantage of opportunities to expand the story visually. What remains of the score is nice to hear, and a new song created by Romberg and Dorothy Fields is fine, but there's not enough music to make the film a real winner. While Deanna Durbin and Dick Haymes are in fine voice, the real musical highlight is a recreation of the show's Currier & Ives ballet, complete with original choreography by Helen Tamiris; one wishes there were more musical segments like this throughout the film. Vincent Price is nothing at all like the real Boss Tweed, but he's a suave delight, and Albert Sharpe is a plus as Durbin's father.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/1998
UPC:
0096898145930
Original Release:
1948
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Presentation:
[B&W]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Deanna Durbin Rosie Moore
Dick Haymes John Matthews
Vincent Price Boss Tweed
Albert Sharpe Timothy Moore
Tom Powers Regan
Hobart Cavanaugh Mayor Oakley
Thurston Hall Gov. Motley
Howard Freeman Myron Schultz
Mary Field Miss Murch
Tom Pedi O'Toole
Moroni Olsen Big Jim Pitts
Alice Backes Swedish Immigrant Girl
Curt Bois Maitre d'
George Pat Collins Ward Heeler
Harry Denny Actor
Thomas P. Dillon Official
Martin Garralaga Bertolli
Stuart Holmes Actor
Thomas E. Jackson Actor
Richard Kipling Waiter with Trick Tray
Charles Miller Jones
Bert Moorhouse Democrat
William Newell Stage Manager
Tudor Owen Footman
Edward Peil Politician
Carl Sepulveda Carriage Driver
Leslie Sketchley Policeman
George Spaulding Barton
Hal Taggart Actor
Bunny Waters Guest
Audrey Young Actor
Wayne Treadway Actor
Frank McFarland Actor

Technical Credits
William Seiter Director
Howard Bay Production Designer
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Mary Grant Costumes/Costume Designer
Johnny Green Musical Direction/Supervision
David S. Horsley Special Effects
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Otto Ludwig Editor
Helen Tamiris Choreography
Karl Tunberg Producer,Screenwriter
Bud Westmore Makeup

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