Earl Carroll Vanities (1945)


Royalty from a small European principality come to New York City to arrange for a loan to prop up their country’s troubled finances. While the queen mother attends to the negotiations, Princess Drina strikes up a friendship with Tex Donnelly, who owns a nightclub and gives her boogie-woogie piano lessons. When, Tex’s star singer, Claire, sprains her ankle, Drina steps in and belts out a few numbers impressing Earl Carroll, a Broadway producer who had come to see Claire perform.

Director: Joseph Santley.
Stars: Dennis O’Keefe, Constance Moor, Eve Arden, Otto Kruger, Alan Mowbray, Stephanie Bachelor, Pinky Lee, Mary Forbes, Harry Parke, Leon Belasco, Tom Dugan, Chester Clute, Jimmy Alexander, Tom London, Beverly Lloyd.

1946 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song (Walter Kent/Kim Gannon).


Many thanks to Steve for sending me a copy of this movie.

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One Comment

  1. Patrick Trimble
    July 30, 2018

    Off-beat little studio B film shot in the classic Hollywood musical style. It is also a chance to see the legendary burlesque comic Pinky Lee in an early screen role. He would go on to several more roles as comic support in the Republic studio’s Roy Rogers movies.

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