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Greenwich Village
     

Greenwich Village

Director: Walter Lang

Cast: Carmen Miranda, Don Ameche, William Bendix

 
Those willing to accept Carmen Miranda as a "typical" 1920s type will be able to swallow the rest of the lavish but rather silly 20th Century-Fox musical Greenwich Village. Most of the action takes place in a New York speakeasy managed by tough guy Danny O'Mara (William Bendix). Providing entertainment in this rowdy establishment is songwriter Kenneth Harvey

Overview

Those willing to accept Carmen Miranda as a "typical" 1920s type will be able to swallow the rest of the lavish but rather silly 20th Century-Fox musical Greenwich Village. Most of the action takes place in a New York speakeasy managed by tough guy Danny O'Mara (William Bendix). Providing entertainment in this rowdy establishment is songwriter Kenneth Harvey (Don Ameche), singing sensation Bonnie Watson (Vivian Blaine) and fortune-teller/dancer Princess Querida (Carmen Miranda). Harvey aspires to become a serious composer, while O'Mara has yearnings to produce a hit Broadway show. Everything works out to everyone's satisfaction by fadeout time, and Harvey (of course) falls in love with Bonnie. Specialty acts included the ballroom dance team of Tony and Sally De Marco, the precision-tap specialists The Four Step Brothers, and an up-and-coming group of nightclub comedians called The Revuers (Judy Holliday, Adolph Green, Betty Comden and Alvin Hammer), whose main routine, alas, ended up on the cutting room floor.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The entertainment in Greenwich Village is there, but it's all too sporadic. This is the kind of film that's meant to be an all-star spectacular: a loose, flimsy plot that serves as an excuse to trot out any number of self-contained songs, dances, comedy routines or specialty acts. If those self-contained sequences aren't of a high caliber, there's no point in making the film. Suffice it to say that the caliber in Village varies, but the overall level is middling at best. That's not to say there's nothing worth pursuing here. For one thing, the indomitable Carmen Miranda is on hand to wear some outlandish outfits, magnificently mangle the language and make mincemeat out of "I'm Just Wild About Harry," as well as a couple of lesser Nacio Herb Brown-Leo Robin contributions. (The score, by the way, is generally lackluster; serviceable but little else.) The Four Step Brothers provide a dazzling dance turn, and Tony and Sally DeMarco display some grand ballroom dancing. But the rest of the acts are not up to par; Viviane Blaine and Don Ameche are distinct disappointments here, and while it's interesting seeing William Bendix sing and dance, it's not especially enjoyable. The screenplay is, as expected, a bunch of nonsense. Kudos, however, to Leon Shamroy's colorful cinematography.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/17/2008
UPC:
0024543520030
Original Release:
1944
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Time:
1:22:00

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carmen Miranda Princess Querida
Don Ameche Kenneth Harvey
William Bendix Danny O'Hare
Vivian Blaine Bonnie Watson
Felix Bressart Hofer
Sally de Marco Herself
B.S. Pully Brophy
Four Step Bros. Specialty
Emil Rameau Kavosky
Frank Orth Ordway
Torben Meyer Butler
Hal K. Dawson Cashier
William B. Davidson Dance Director
Eddie Dunn Set Designer
Sherry Hall Assistant Set Designer
Paul Hurst Milkman
Tom Dugan Bootlegger
Billy Wayne Ballyhoo Man
Charles Arnt Amber
Charles Williams Amber
Oliver Blake Ambers
Tony De Marco Himself
Jason Evers Young Man
Revuers including
Step Brothers Specialty
Bando Da Lua Actor
Betty Comden Herself
Adolph Green Herself
Alvin Hammer Herself
Judy Holliday Herself
John Farrell MacDonald Actor

Technical Credits
Walter Lang Director
Earl W. Baldwin Screenwriter
William Le Baron Producer
James Basevi Art Director
Herb Nacio Brown Songwriter
Nacio Herb Brown Score Composer
Walter Bullock Screenwriter
Michael Fessier Screenwriter
Charles Henderson Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Harry Jackson Cinematographer
Emil Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ernest Pagano Screenwriter
Leo Robin Songwriter
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Robert L. Simpson Editor
Yvonne Wood Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph C. Wright Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Greenwich Village
1. Main Titles/The Village [3:04]
2. I'm Just Wild About Harry [1:34]
3. Members Only [2:15]
4. Dancing Duo [1:56]
5. Hands of a Genius [3:05]
6. Talent [3:28]
7. Ziegfeld Spy [1:08]
8. Big Dreams [2:33]
9. Let's Party! [3:35]
10. Where's Ken? [2:53]
11. This is Our Lucky Day [5:21]
12. The Great Kavosky [3:00]
13. It's All for Art's Sake [1:52]
14. I Like to be Loved by You [2:58]
15. That's Our Music [4:11]
16. Whispering [2:51]
17. It Goes to your Toes [1:28]
18. Ken's Concerto [1:56]
19. Carnegie Hall [1:51]
20. Making Ammends [4:16]
21. Moonshine [:27]
22. Opening Night [1:13]
23. Give me a Band and a Bandana [3:07]
24. Whispering Reprise [6:19]

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