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Dancing In The Dark (1949)
Starring William Powell and Mark Stevens

Beautiful print and will play in all DVD players.
This musical comedy stars William Powell as Emery Slade, who was once a major film star but lately isn't getting much work. Arrogantly determined to climb back to the top, Slade convinces studio chief Melville Crossman (Adolphe Menjou) to give him the male lead in the film version of a Broadway musical. However, Crossman's offer comes with a catch: Emery has to persuade the show's female lead to appear in the movie. Slade heads to New York to seal the deal, but instead he discovers a gifted young unknown named Julie Clark (Betsy Drake) and decides she's perfect for the role. Crossman is not too enthusiastic about this news, and neither is publicist Bill Davis (Mark Stevens), who is given his pink slip along with Slade. However, Slade is determined to make a career for Julie in Hollywood, though it's not until later that he realizes why he feels so strongly about her. Movie buffs will get a kick out of Menjou's performance, closely modeled on 20th Century Fox boss Darryl F. Zanuck.
Director: Irving Reis
Writers: Howard Dietz, Jay Dratler, George S. Kaufman, Mary C McCall Jr., Arthur Schwartz, Marion Turk

Stars: William Powell, Mark Stevens, Betsy Drake, Adolphe Menjou, Randy Stuart, Lloyd Corrigan, Hope Emerson, Walter Catlett, Don Beddoe, Jean Hersholt
Songs include:

Dancing in the Dark
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Howard Dietz
Sung by chorus behind credits
Performed by Betsy Drake (dubbed by Bonnie Lou Williams)

Something to Remember You By
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Howard Dietz
Performed by Betsy Drake (dubbed by Bonnie Lou Williams)

New Sun in the Sky
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Howard Dietz
Performed by Betsy Drake (dubbed by Bonnie Lou Williams)

I Love Louisa
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Howard Dietz
Performed by Betsy Drake (dubbed by Bonnie Lou Williams)

Adolphe Menjoy's character name, Melville Crossman, was a writing pseudonym used by Twentieth Century-Fox boss Darryl F. Zanuck.  Crossman's office is a replica of producer Darryl F. Zanuck's.
In November 1943 the studio purchased rights to the 1931 Broadway revue The Band Wagon from Gregory Ratoff Productions, Inc. The first screenplay from the property, written in August 1945, was titled Girl in the Moon but was largely adapted from the 1940 Fox hit Star Dust. Plot developments in Star Dust were retained for what eventually became Dancing in the Dark. In the spring of 1946, Mary C. McCall, Jr. was assigned to write another screenplay. In a May 1946 memo to producer George Jessel and McCall, studio head Darryl F. Zanuck wrote that, "Everything about Hollywood should be done very honestly and very reasonably. The Big Boss should be a guy with a sense of humor. He should not be the obvious movie mogul or the eccentric idiot. If you give him a good sense of humor and he is able to laugh at his own tough luck or bad judgment, it will do a great deal toward making the picture honest as well as add a bit of dignity to our industry." In 1947 and 1948, Jay Dratler and Marion Turk contributed revisions of McCall's screenplay. Writers John Larkin, Frank Gabrielson, Howard Dimsdale and Jerome Cady also worked on the project.
This is a good film for fans of William Powell, Betsy Drake, Jean Hersholt, and/or films about Hollywood or the road to success. Inspirational in that "we're gonna make it" way, however corny that can be. The plot twists are good, if melodramatic, the "schemes" hatched by the characters to achieve their objectives are clever, and there are some good musical numbers, although these are far fewer than in the musical, "Bandwagon," which is based on the same source.
Order this rarely-seen and hard-to-find classic today for the low price of $5.99.
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