Cast & Crew
S. Z. Sakall
Carol, Abby and June, three comely, unrelated nightclub performers billed as the "Dillon Sisters," decide that Las Vegas, the site of their next gig, is an ideal spot for a manhunt. According to Carol, who is the most pragmatic of the three, the "right" man will be a millionaire, but Abby still pines for Vince Nichols, the singer she left behind in Hollywood because of his urge to gamble. June is sweet on dancer Ted Lansing, who has often performed with them, but it is for Abby, Ted declares, that he would stop breathing. The girls take their trailer to Las Vegas and settle in behind the Golden Egg, where they will be performing. The establishment, which is owned by "Uncle" Felix Hoff, has rapidly grown from a small hotel into a casino, but its success is threatened by the customers' frequent lucky gambling streaks. Felix anticipates financial relief when an eccentric prospector, Sam Parks, rides up on a donkey and expresses his interest in partnership.
However, after demonstrating the menacing accuracy of his knife-throwing skill, Sam explains that he is the heir of Felix's former business partner, who was killed cheating in a poker game, and demands that Felix buy out his half of the Golden Egg for $75,000 within two weeks. Meanwhile, Ted, who has followed Abby to Las Vegas and has convinced Felix to hire him, promises Carol that he will bring three millionaires to their opening night performance and that evening, introduces two "sugar-daddies" to the girls. Abby, who is struggling with her decision to break up with Vince, goes out with Ted as a distraction and is amused, but disbelieving, when he tells her that he is the third millionaire. The next morning in the trailer, as truckloads of flowers are delivered to Abby, Carol tells Abby and June that she has learned that Ted is from a family of wealthy Boston bankers.
Ted then shows up with another flower and an engagement ring, and though Abby wants time to think about his proposal, Carol makes her accept. Later, in Boston, at the board meeting of the Lansing National Bank, Ted's stiff cousin, Bennington Lansing, reads aloud a Variety review describing Abby as a "shapely canary," and announces his plans to go to Las Vegas to rescue Ted from the supposed gold digger. After learning about Bennington's impending arrival, Carol takes charge of transforming Felix's private suite into Eastern upper class stuffiness and coaches Abby and June to speak with Boston accents, hoping these superficial changes will convince Bennington of Abby's respectability. However, when Bennington arrives early, Carol mistakes him for the interior decorator and unwittingly reveals her plans to him. June sees Bennington pilfer Abby's signed photograph of Vince to use as evidence against her, and in a half-hearted defense of Abby, admits that Vince has just taken a singing gig in Las Vegas at the Bingo Club. After finding Vince, Bennington gives the crooner $5,000 for "expenses" to woo back Abby, then pretends that he has changed his mind about Abby by throwing a celebration at the Golden Egg to honor the engaged couple. Vince appears and though his and Abby's ardor is evident to all, especially the jealous Ted, Vince realizes that he wants what is best for Abby and decides to double-cross Bennington by gambling away the $5,000, which causes Abby to abandon Ted while she tries to talk Vince away from the gambling table.
When June finds Ted alone at the slot machines and he coincidentally wins the jackpot, they decide to make the round of casinos together. Meanwhile, Carol encourages Bennington to imbibe, hoping that he will approve of a quickie marriage for Abby and Ted while in an altered state. After he offers to examine her tax returns, she takes him to the trailer to sleep it off, unaware that Sam has arranged to capture the moment on film. In the casino, Vince wins $75,027 with Bennington's $5000, but Abby orders him out of her life with conviction. Carol, however, who has returned in time to witness Abby's rejection of Vince, is unconvinced and tells him that Abby is more in love with him than ever. The next morning, Sam tries to blackmail the hungover Bennington with a compromising snapshot of him and Carol, but when Carol learns about it, she tears up the photo. Frustrated, Sam practices his knife throwing, while Felix watches in fear, keenly aware that the two-week deadline is approaching. Vince shows up and after listening to Sam's tale about the $75,000 owed him, gets Felix off the hook by paying Sam the money he won gambling.
As the Las Vegas Helldorado festivities get under way, June and Ted, who have become engaged, happily lead the dancing, and after Ted lassoes Abby and hands her over to Vince, the erstwhile lovers reunite. Felix then arrives, and expresses his gratitude to Vince, his new partner at the Golden Egg, for saving his life. Bennington tells Carol that his drunken expressions of admiration the previous evening were sincere and proposes to her. Sam also joins their group, and they all climb into a buggy for the Helldorado parade.
S. Z. Sakall
Theodore Von Eltz
Rudy Friml Jr.
Ernest R. Ball
G. W. Berntsen
Wilfrid M. Cline
B. G. Desylva
George Graff Jr.
Painting the Clouds With Sunshine
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).
by Andrea Passafiume
Painting the Clouds With Sunshine
Virginia Mayo (1920-2005)
She was born Virginia Clara Jones in St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 1920, and got her show business start at the age of six by enrolling in her aunt's School of Dramatic Expression. While still in her teens, she joined the nightclub circuit, and after paying her dues for a few years traveling across the country, she eventually caught the eye of movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn. He gave her a small role in her first film, starring future husband, Michael O'Shea, in Jack London (1943). She then received minor billing as a "Goldwyn Girl," in the Danny Kaye farce, Up In Arms (1944). Almost immediately, Goldwyn saw her natural movement, comfort and ease in front of the camera, and in just her fourth film, she landed a plumb lead opposite Bob Hope in The Princess and the Pirate (1944). She proved a hit with moviegoers, and her next two films would be with her most frequent leading man, Danny Kaye: Wonder Man (1945), and The Kid from Brooklyn (1946). Both films were big hits, and the chemistry between Mayo and Kaye - the classy, reserved blonde beauty clashing with the hyperactive clown - was surprisingly successful.
Mayo did make a brief break from light comedy, and gave a good performance as Dana Andrews' unfaithful wife, Marie, in the popular post-war drama, The Best Years of Their Lives (1946); but despite the good reviews, she was back with Kaye in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), and A Song Is Born (1948).
It wasn't until the following year that Mayo got the chance to sink her teeth into a meaty role. That film, White Heat (1949), and her role, as Cody Jarrett's (James Cagney) sluttish, conniving wife, Verna, is memorable for the sheer ruthlessness of her performance. Remember, it was Verna who shot Cody¿s mother in the back, and yet when Cody confronts her after he escapes from prison to exact revenge for her death, Verna effectively places the blame on Big Ed (Steve Cochran):
Verna: I can't tell you Cody!
Cody: Tell me!
Verna: Ed...he shot her in the back!!!
Critics and fans purred over the newfound versatility, yet strangely, she never found a part as juicy as Verna again. Her next film, with Cagney, The West Point Story (1950), was a pleasant enough musical; but her role as Lady Wellesley in Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951), co-starring Gregory Peck, was merely decorative; that of a burlesque queen attempting to earn a university degree in the gormless comedy, She¿s Working Her Way Through College (1952); and worst of all, the Biblical bomb, The Silver Chalice (1954) which was, incidentally, Paul Newman's film debut, and is a film he still derides as the worst of his career.
Realizing that her future in movies was slowing down, she turned to the supper club circuit in the 60s with her husband, Michael O'Shea, touring the country in such productions as No, No Nanette, Barefoot in the Park, Hello Dolly, and Butterflies Are Free. Like most performers who had outdistanced their glory days with the film industry, Mayo turned to television for the next two decades, appearing in such shows as Night Gallery, Police Story, Murder She Wrote, and Remington Steele. She even earned a recurring role in the short-lived NBC soap opera, Santa Barbara (1984-85), playing an aging hoofer named "Peaches DeLight." Mayo was married to O'Shea from 1947 until his death in 1973. She is survived by their daughter, Mary Johnston; and three grandsons.
by Michael T. Toole
Virginia Mayo (1920-2005)
The working title of this film was Golddiggers in Las Vegas. Although a November 1950 Hollywood Reporter news item states that Melville Shavelson and Jack Rose were assigned to write the script, their contribution to the completed film, if any, has not been confirmed. According to a January 1951 Hollywood Reporter news item, portions of the film were shot in Las Vegas, NV. A February 1951 Hollywood Reporter news item adds Brooks Benedict to the cast, but his appearance in the film has not been confirmed. According to a modern source, Virginia Mayo's singing voice was dubbed by Bonnie Lou Williams. Warner Bros. produced several earlier films based on Avery Hopwood's 1919 play, The Gold Diggers. For more information about the "Gold Diggers" films, see the entry for Gold Diggers of 1933 in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40.