powered by AFI
DVDs from TCM Shop
As a child, Gloria Hughes cherishes the ambition of becoming a Ziegfeld revue girl, and at 17 she sings in the music department of a store where Buddy, who loves her, accompanies her on the piano. At the annual company picnic, Buddy takes her canoeing and proposes, but she rejects him, saying the stage is her greatest love. When the Miller-Mooney dancing act falls apart as the result of a quarrel, Miller takes on Gloria as his partner. In New York he makes objectionable advances, but she does obtain a Ziegfeld contract. Barbara, who loves Buddy, comes with him to see Gloria, and when Barbara is injured in a street accident, Buddy realizes that he loves her. At Gloria's debut, many celebrities are introduced. The show opens with Rudy Vallee and his orchestra, followed by a blues song from Helen Morgan, and Eddie Cantor does his "Cheap Charlie" skit; then Gloria appears as the premiere danseuse and is a sensation. Her triumph is lessened by news of Buddy and Barbara's marriage, but she finds contentment in the applause.