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Whitewashed biopic of two reprehensible sleazes
- Michael Linder
Oh, so sweet. Oh, so wholesome. Oh, what crap! Anyone who say PBS' "Selfridge" or read the biography of London's groundbreaking retailer knows these unapologetic gold diggers were largely responsible for Harry Selfridge's demise. From the Radio Times..."His devotion to the Dollies knew no bounds, and his mission to persuade Jenny to marry him led 70-year-old Selfridge to part with a significant portion of his retail fortune."Jenny never became Selfridge's wife, but allowed him to finance her extravagant lifestyle and furnish her large collection of expensive jewellery. Harry, meanwhile, squandered millions on the infamous Dollies and their gambling habit; according to onlookers, he'd sit behind the sisters and feed them 1,000 French frank notes. "But despite their vast fame and fortune, neither sister's story had a happy ending. Instead of marrying Harry, Jenny began seeing French pilot Max Constant, but the pair were involved in a near-fatal car crash leaving her badly injured with facial disfigurement.Hollywood. Never let facts stand in the way of a good story, never fail to portray a duet of larcenous monsters as heroins with hearts of gold.
Songs, Dancing & Beautiful Girls
Starts a bit slow and is a bit soapy but lots of good music, singing and dancing. I've always been a big fan of Betty Grable, who was hugely popular around WWII, and June Haver knocked my socks off. Don't know how accurately it portrays the Dolly Sisters actual lives but an entertaining movie well presented.
The Dolly Sisters were very popular 100 years ago
- Jeff Boston
An easy and quick Wikipedia read reveals the sisters were immensely popular entertainers from about 1910 to about 1925, when blackface bits were routine parts of many (seemingly most) entertainers' acts and ethnic and racial differences were acknowledged and exaggerated instead of outwardly downplayed or even ignored. 1945 Hollywood was aiming for accuracy by including it in this otherwise forgettable film. Hollywood not applying contemporary norms to a film set in the past, but instead being historically accurate? Such rarity deserves applause, not condemnation.
Have to agree with what were they thinking!
On the whole an average Hollywood bio-pic. But the "Harlem" number blew it for me. Though it was ironically funny,since the number is taking "place" in Paris, where they really could have black performers. But black face in color really looks bad and unexpected. Likeable cast.
What Were They Thinking?
The Technicolor is splendid, as is the vivacious Ms. Grable, but the parade of horrific production numbers is stupefying and downright offensive. Even in 1945, what was Zanuck thinking with the over-the-top racist "tribute" to all things Harlem? White chorus women in dark body make-up and Grable/Haver as twin Topsies! Omigosh.
BEST MOVIE EVER!!!
I LOVE THE DOLLY SISTERS. BETTY GRABLE AND JUNE HAVER ARE THE ULTIMATE FIRST TECHNICOLOR QUEENS OF THE '40'S!!!