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And The Angels Sing (1944)
Starring Dorothy Lamour and Fred MacMurray

Beautiful print and will play in all DVD players.
And The Angels Sing is an odd smorgasbord of musical-comedy and romance -- part screwball comedy, part backstage musical, part pop music showcase, and all of it actually a mash-up/remake of two earlier Paramount titles, Every Night At Eight (1935) and Sing You Sinners (1937) (which had also co-starred Fred MacMurray). Dorothy Lamour, Betty Hutton, Diana Lynn, and Mimi Chandler play, respectively, Nancy Angel, Bobby Angel, Josie Angel, and Patti Angel, the four daughters of widowered inventor/farmer "Pop" Angel (Raymond Walburn). All four daughters have ambitions as artists, writers etc. But they're only good at the one thing they've actually been trained to do, i.e. singing -- which they hate doing, especially together. The four desire independence from each other, but lack the means to achieve it, all of which wears on their loving but long-suffering father, who only wants to get enough money together to buy a small soybean farm. When Bobby ropes them into singing for a band led by Happy Marshall Fred MacMurray, the fur really begins to fly -- Happy puts the romantic moves on Nancy before he realizes she's part of the singing act he's booked; but it's Bobby whole managed to fall in love with him. And matters get even more complicated when the Angel sisters, presenting an act worthy of the Andrews Sisters, go over well with the audience. And that's before Happy is forced by circumstances to cheat the girls not only out of the $40 they earned, but the $190 that Bobby won. Misunderstanding and mistakes pile up on top of each other as the Angel sisters follow Happy to Brooklyn, get him tossed out of the club he's booked in, lose him his band, and reduce him and his partner Fuzzy Johnson (Eddie Foy, Jr.) to doing an embarrassing singing waiter act (for coins tossed to them), all in a quest to return the girls' money. In the process, the Angel sisters display loyalty and devotion to each other, and a strength in numbers and unity that's only undone by their own father. The music is entertaining, though the title song is only heard as an instrumental performed by Happy's band -- Betty Hutton's scatting is one highlight, and the Angel sisters' act is fun as well. Some of the better comic bits, apart from Raymond Walburn's blustery expressions of temper, include the backstage antics of Happy and his band; a great extended bit based on Brooklyn dialect featuring Dorothy Lamour and Frank Faylen (as Herman...er...Hoiman); and the slapstick bits involving the girls fending off various men.
Director: George Marshall
Writers: Claude Binyon (based on a story by), Melvin Frank (screenplay)

Stars: Dorothy Lamour, Fred MacMurray, Betty Hutton, Diana Lynn, Mimi Chandler, Raymond Wilburn, Eddie Foy Jr., Frank Albertson, Frank Faylen
Songs include:

IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU
Written by Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen
Performed by Dorothy Lamour

HIS ROCKING HORSE RAN AWAY
Written by Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen
Performed by Betty Hutton

BLUEBIRDS IN MY BELFRY
Written by Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen
Performed by Betty Hutton

FOR THE NEXT HUNDRED YEARS
Written by Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen
Performed by Betty Hutton, Dorothy Lamour, Mimi Chandler and Diana Lynn (dubbed by Julie Gibson)

KNOCKING ON YOUR OWN FRONT DOOR
Written by Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen
Performed by Betty Hutton, Dorothy Lamour, Mimi Chandler and Diana Lynn (dubbed by Julie Gibson)

MY HEART'S WRAPPED UP IN GINGHAM
Written by Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen

WHEN STANISLAUS GOT MARRIED
Written by Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen

HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?
Written by Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen
Although the film takes its title from Benny Goodman's 1939 hit, only a few bars of it are used as underscoring in an early scene.
AND THE ANGELS SING is a utterly entertaining comedy/musical starring Dorothy Lamour and Fred MacMurray with rising young actresses Betty Hutton and Diana Lynn in featured roles. This movie doesn't have much of a reputation thanks to the fact it curiously has been seldom seen in recent decades yet it was a major Paramount film and a big hit at the time.
Mimi Chandler, who plays the sister with acting aspirations, was the daughter of baseball commissioner and Kentucky senator Happy Chandler. She was married to song writer and producer Buddy De Sylva who was the powerful Executive Producer at Paramount Pictures in the years this film was made.
At one time Paramount negotiated with composer Cole Porter to write songs for the film.
Order this rarely-seen and hard-to-find classic today for the low price of $5.99.
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