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Atlantic City (1944)
Starring Constance Moore and Stanley Brown

Beautiful print and will play in all DVD players.
Definitely no relation to the 1980 Louis Malle film of the same name, 1944's Atlantic City is a tuneful Republic musical, not quite an "A" picture but certainly not a "B". Brad Taylor (who formerly acted at Columbia under the name of Stanley Brown) stars as Brad, an early-20th-century entrepreneur who decides to transform the sleepy ocean-side community of Atlantic City, New Jersey into a mecca for vacationers and thrill-seekers. One of Taylor's visionary notions is the creation of a bathing-beauty contest, and that's where prim-and-proper heroine Marilyn Whitaker (Constance Moore) comes in. The plot is essentially an excuse to trot out several venerable entertainers doing their tried-and-true specialties. Guest stars include Belle Baker, Paul Whiteman, Louis Armstrong, Buck & Bubbles, and Joe Frisco, not to mention Al Shean (of Gallegher and Shean) and Gus Van (of Van and Schenck). Also adding to the general frivolity are Jerry "Ahhh, Yes!" Colonna and up-and-coming Dorothy Dandridge. Atlantic City demonstrated that Republic could make a 20th Century-Fox style musical even without Betty Grable.
Director: Ray McCarey
Writers: Arthur Caesar (story), Doris Gilbert (screenplay)

Stars: Constance Moore, Stanley Brown, Charley Grapewin, Jerry Colonna, Paul Whiteman, Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra, Robert Castaine, Adele Mara, Buck and Bubbles
Songs include:

Written by Arthur J. Lamb and Alfred Sloman
Performed by Robert B. Castaine, Constance Moore & quartet

Written by Turner Layton
Lyrics Henry Creamer
Sung by Constance Moore
(used instrumentally as theme)

Written by Harry Carroll
Lyrics Harold Atteridge
Performed by Constance Moore, Robert B. Castaine and Jerry Colonna with chorus

Written by Harry von Tilzer
Lyrics by Andrew B. Sterling
Performed by Constance Moore
Reprised by Robert B. Castaine, Constance Moore, Paul Whiteman & chorus

Written by Thomas J. Gray and Clarence Gaskill
Performed by Gus Van and Charles Marsh

Music by Spencer Williams
Lyrics by Roger Graham
Performed by Constance Moore with Paul Whiteman & orchestra

Sung by Dorothy Dandridge with Louis Armstrong & orchestra

Written by Fats Waller and Harry Brooks
Lyrics Andy Razaf
Performed by Louis Armstrong with his band

Written by Edward Gallagher and Al Shean
Performed by Jack Kenny and Al Shean

Music by Billy Meyers and Elmer Schoebel
Lyrics by Gus Kahn and Ernie Erdman
Sung by Belle Baker
There is a segment of the film marking the Miss America Pageant, which reflects its early start as "Inter-City Beauties", where candidates from around the United States competed at the local level. Thus there are entrants fading past like Miss New Orleans, Miss Boston, Miss Washington D.C., Miss Salt Lake City, Miss Los Angeles, Miss Seattle, intermixed with state entrants Miss Kentucky, Miss Indiana, Miss Texas, Miss Nevada, Miss Georgia, Miss Florida, and Miss California.
Bobby Connolly, who was originally set as the film's dance director, suffered a fatal heart attack in March 1944 and was replaced by Seymour Felix. As noted in the onscreen credits, the film features recreations of two famous vaudeville teams: Gallagher and Shean (for which Jack Kenny replaced the late Ed Gallagher) and Van & Schenck (for which Charles Marsh replaced the late Joe Schenck). Although information in the copyright records credits Gallagher and Shean as the writers of their signature patter song, "Absolutely Mr. Gallagher, Postively Mr. Shean," Gallagher's Variety obituary reported that Bryan Foy had sued them over the song, which he claimed to have written. The patter song's lyrics were initially rejected by the Breen office "by reason of extreme sex suggestiveness." The lyrics were revised and later accepted, but the song "Get Out and Get Under," for which Belle Baker wrote special lyrics, was dropped from the film after the lyrics were rejected due to "obvious sex suggestive double meaning."
Producer Albert J. Cohen had written to Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor and George Jessel, asking for their permission to "use actors portraying them" in the film. Although Cohen did receive permission from Jessel, who offered to coach the actor playing him, none of the celebrities appear as characters in the finished picture.
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