Sunbonnet Sue (1945)

It’s 1890s New York, and a rich society woman is scandalized that her niece is planning on a show-business career; not only that, but her first engagement is to be singing and dancing in a Bowery saloon. She determines to put a stop to her niece’s career path.

Director: Ralph Murphy.
Stars: Gale Storm, Phil Regan, George Cleveland, Minna Gombell, Edna Holland, Raymond Hatton, Charles D. Brown, Alan Mowbray, Charles Judels, Gerald Oliver Smith, William E. Green, Jerry Franks Jr.

1946 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture (Edward J. Kay)

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4 Comments

  1. Bob Verini
    May 19, 2019
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    No great shakes but it has its moments. The Irish humor (carried mostly by the charming George Cleveland) is fresh and funny, far less cloying than in many a John Ford classic. And since only 50 years separate the Gay Nineties and the year the movie was made, it retains a strong sense of period in look, behavior, and orchestrations. The story is reminiscent of The Unsinkable Molly Brown—stuffed shirts recognize that the so-called lowlifes possess the Life Force—and Gale Storm is a corker. What’s not to like?

  2. Betsy-B
    May 22, 2019
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    Thanks for finding and sharing these extremely rare Academy Award nominees, Jon!! The work you do is invaluable!

  3. May 29, 2019
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    I literally just saw this on 16mm at a festival last Thursday. Glad you uploaded it though. It was so early in the morning, I barely remember any of it.

  4. May 30, 2019
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    Certainly a pleasant, mildly diverting Poverty Row programmer filled with ethnic stereotyping, an old-fashioned collection of songs (probably most of them in public domain since ASCAP did not cover a lot of turn-of-the-century music), and pleasing roantiv leads. But the real stars are the veterans of the supporting cast with names like Alan Mowbray, George Cleveland, & Raymond Hatton. The whole project is weighted down with movie cliches but the Oscar nominated musical score is light & breezy enough to float the tired plot along. Thanks Jon.

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