Danny O'Neill (Fred Astaire) and Hank Taylor (Burgess Meredith) have spent seven years together in a college band. These two friendly but rival musicians aspire to join the famous Artie Shaw Orchestra. Through the efforts of their band manager and attention of their girlfriend Ellen Miller, Danny and Hank make it to the big time. Music and a few dance numbers from Astaire make this an enjoyable musical comedy.
Stars: Fred Astaire (1940) B&W 87 Minutes/Unrated
Two young people try to save a nightclub that's on the brink of bankruptcy in this musical from the l940's. Resolved to bring the nightclub back as a success, the duo instill some of their youthful energy into the place. They start signing a variety of entertaining acts and some exciting jazz performers. Through their efforts, the young couple make a success of the club and save it from closing.
Stars: Rosemary Lane (1944) B&W 74 Minutes/Unrated
DISC 5 / SIDE B
PEOPLE ARE FUNNY
This musical comedy's plot concerns the race between two radio program producers who both wish to land a huge sponsor for their proposed shows. Pinky Wilson (Jack Haley) has a show concept he's sure will work but, he only has half-rights to the idea. His rival Frances Langford (Ozzie Nelson) has plans of his own and wants to prevent Pinky from getting the sponsorship. Rudy Vallee portrays the sponsor, Helen Walker is the love interest and Art Linkletter reprises his role from his actual radio program as the radio show host.
Stars: Jack Haley (1946) B&W 93 Minutes/Unrated
Based upon a play by Gypsy Rose Lee, "Doll Face" is the story of a burlesque star who aspires to fame as a Broadway performer. Her manager/boyfriend urges her to increase her legitimacy by also writing an autobiography. This film is filled with musical numbers highlighting the talents of Vivian Blaine, Dennis O'Keefe, Perry Como and Carmen Miranda.