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In the 1951 Warner Bros. musical Painting the Clouds with Sunshine Virginia Mayo, Lucille Norman and Virginia Gibson play Carol, Abby and June, a trio of beautiful singers who take a gig in Las Vegas where they hope to all land rich husbands. While the girls juggle suitors in the form of a singer with a gambling problem (Dennis Morgan), a dancer (Gene Nelson) and the dancer's stiff cousin (Tom Conway), they also try to help hotel and casino owner "Uncle" Felix (S.Z. Sakall) save his floundering business.

Painting the Clouds with Sunshine was a Technicolor remake of the popular 1929 Warner Bros. musical film Gold Diggers of Broadway, which itself was based on a 1919 play called The Gold Diggers. The story was loosely remade again in 1933 as Gold Diggers of 1933 starring Ginger Rogers and Ruby Keeler.

The song "Painting the Clouds with Sunshine," performed in the film by Dennis Morgan and Lucille Norman, was originally published in 1929 and featured in Gold Diggers of Broadway. Other musical numbers in Painting the Clouds with Sunshine include "We're in the Money," "The Birth of the Blues," "With a Song in My Heart" and "The Mambo Man."

Producer: William Jacobs
Director: David Butler
Screenplay: Harry Clork, Roland Kibbee, Peter Milne (writer); Avery Hopwood (play)
Cinematography: Wilfred M. Cline
Art Direction: Edward Carrere
Music: Howard Jackson (uncredited)
Film Editing: Irene Morra
Cast: Dennis Morgan (Vince Nichols), Virginia Mayo (Carol), Gene Nelson (Thedore (Ted) Lansing), Lucille Norman (Abby), S.Z. Sakall (Felix Hoff aka Uncle Felix), Virginia Gibson (June), Tom Conway (Bennington Lansing aka Uncle Benny), Wallace Ford (Sam Parks).
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by Andrea Passafiume

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