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Variety Girl(1947)

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The film's opening states: "This film is dedicated to Variety Clubs International, the heart of show business, which beats constantly in behalf of the under-privileged children of the world...Regardless of race, creed or color." Narration within the film explains that, as of 1947, Variety Clubs International operates and maintains twenty-five hospitals, has seven thousand members world-wide, and has spent twelve million dollars on the welfare of underprivileged children. The film ends with the following statement: "...and as a result of the adoption of an abandoned baby in 1928 by eleven showmen...two and a half million underprivileged children have benefitted through the philanthropic activities of Variety Clubs in their nurseries, hospitals, research laboratories and boys' ranches throughout the world."
       As noted in Hollywood Reporter, Paramount paid $50,000 to the Variety Clubs of America for the rights to the film's story. Jim and Mildred Mulcay are billed in the opening cast credits as "The Mulcays, Jim [and] Mildred." Paramount stars appear as themselves unless otherwise noted in the cast list. Singer Pearl Bailey made her feature film debut in the picture. Mary Hatcher, who made her screen debut in the picture, was eighteen-years-old when she appeared in the film. On September 4, 1947, a special premiere of the film took place in her home town of Tampa, Florida. A benefit premiere in Los Angeles on October 8, 1947 raised $28,000 for the construction of an East Los Angeles Boys Club. According to Par News, thirty benefit premieres for the film were held in key American cities that had Variety Clubs.