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Defeated theatrical manager Al McGillevray (Pat O'Brien, best known for playing Irish tough guys like the hoodlum turned priest in Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)) is about to pack it all in when he hears the fantastic tenor coming out of the hotel porter Jan King (James Melton). Thus begins Jan's rocky road to becoming a professional singer on Broadway, a quest shared by Nora Wyman (Jean Muir). With songs by the team of Harry Warren and Al Dubin (already famous for 42nd Street (1933)) and singing appearances by Jane Froman, Warner Brothers was confident about how this foray into what the publicity department described as "Manhattan's grandest canyon" would launch Melton as a screen star. But musical number director Busby Berkeley had to share final screen credit with Bobby Connolly, because he was unable to complete his duties on the picture due to his criminal trial (he'd been the driver in a fatal car crash and was being charged with second-degree murder). But his mark is still all over numbers like "At Your Service, Madame" where a string of tuxedoed butlers bow attentively in a gorgeous apartment set of chrome, glass and mirrors.
By Violet LeVoit