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Atlantic City (1944)

Vaudeville acts are re-created in the story of how Atlantic City became a famous resort.

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Ray McCarey

Writers:

Arthur Caesar (story), Doris Gilbert (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Constance Moore ... Marilyn Whitaker
Stanley Brown ... Bradford Taylor (as Brad Taylor)
Charley Grapewin ... Jake Taylor
Jerry Colonna ... The Professor
Paul Whiteman ... Paul Whiteman
Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra ... Louis Armstrong Orchestra
Robert B. Castaine Robert B. Castaine ... Carter Graham (as Robert Castaine)
Adele Mara ... Adele - Barmaid
Pierre Watkin ... Sen. Hodges
Harry Tyler ... Sherman
Stanley Andrews ... Rogers
Donald Kerr Donald Kerr ... Oakes
Charles Williams Charles Williams ... Chalmers
Daisy Lee Mothershed Daisy Lee Mothershed ... The Maid (as Daisy Mothershed)
Ford Washington Lee Ford Washington Lee ... Buck (as Buck and Bubbles)
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Storyline

In 1915, Atlantic City is a sleepy seaside resort, but Brad Taylor, son of a small hotel and vaudeville house proprietor, has big plans: he thinks it can be "the playground of the world." Brad's wheeling and dealing proves remarkably successful in attracting big enterprises and big shows, but brings him little success in personal relationships. Full of nostalgic songs and acts, some with the original artists. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Hit Musical Comedy Picture of the Year See more »

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Musical | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atlantic City Honeymoon See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Runtime:

| (1950 re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Soundtracks

AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
Written by Fats Waller and Harry Brooks
Lyrics Andy Razaf
Performed by Louis Armstrong with his band
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Seeing such talented black performers like Louis Armstrong, Dorothy Dandridge, and Buck and Bubbles in Atlantic City (1944) was a special treat for me
30 January 2012 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Just watched this obscure Republic musical on Netflix Streaming. It stars Stanley Brown as Brad Taylor, who-according to this movie-is responsible for making the title city the tourist attraction it became because of things like the Miss America contest and the Apolo Theater (which is actually in New York City but never mind). He stays with his father, Jake (Charley Grapewin who's most familiar as Dorothy's uncle in The Wizard of Oz) and has a romance with singer and eventual wife Marilyn Whitaker (Constance Moore). Because of his constant business meetings, however, their marriage often takes a back seat. One of their few friends is The Professor (Jerry Colonna). I'll stop there and just say that I thought the story threatened to become monotonous with all those back and forth montages between the rising businesses and the failing marriage but picks up considerably whenever the musical interludes or Colonna comes on. I mean, Jerry is always funny every time he appears and the numbers are really well done here whether it's Ms. Moore singing, or Paul Whiteman playing, or Gallagher (actually Jack Kenny, a Chicago native like me) and Sheen doing their self-named ditty, or such talented African-American performers like Louis Armstrong, Dorothy Dandridge, and the dance team of Buck (Ford Washington Lee) and Bubbles (John William Sublett) doing their thing. Speaking of the latter since in a couple of days it will be Black History Month again, the whole Apolo Theater sequence shines when it first has Ms. Dandridge warbling "Harlem on Parade" with Louis Armstrong on trumpet before segueing to Armstrong singing "Ain't Misbehavin'" and then to Buck and Bubbles singing and then taking turns playing piano and tapping to "Rhythm for Sale" before the big finish with all four of them. The best sequence to me, bar none! Other African-American players appear as servants like Lena Torrence and Daisy Lee Mothershed as maids. The latter, incidentally, was from Belcher in my current home state of Louisiana. Anyway, in summation, this Atlantic City movie (not to be confused with the Burt Lancaster-Susan Sarandon one from 1981) is entertaining when the music and Colonna come on, not so much during the story portion. P.S. I always like to cite whenever players from my favorite movie It's a Wonderful Life come on other films or TV shows (which I have been doing quite frequently the last few days) and here, Charles Williams appears as the guy who feeds back to Colonna the "rumor" that Brad Taylor was going to build a livestock on one of his properties.


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