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On the Avenue
On the Avenue
is a 1937 American musical film directed by Roy Del Ruth and starring Dick Powell, Madeleine Carroll, Alice Faye, George Barbier, and The Ritz Brothers. Many of the songs in this film were composed by Irving Berlin.


1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Partial sound track 4 Accolades 5 References 6 External links

Plot[edit] Gary Blake (Dick Powell) stars in a new show, On the Avenue, with Mona Merrick (Alice Faye). The show contains a satire on The Richest Girl in the World, Mimi Carraway (Madeleine Carroll). Mimi and her father (George Barbier) are in the audience on opening night and they feel insulted. She goes backstage and tries to get Gary to take the skit out of the show. He refuses and calls her a "bad sport". Shocked by the remark, Mimi decides to make a date with Gary. They spend the entire evening together and, by morning, have fallen in love. He finally agrees to revise the skit so it can no longer hurt the Carraways. Mona is in love with Gary and is furious when she hears about Gary's date with Mimi. When the Carraways appear to see the revised sketch, she changes it, without Gary's knowledge, making it worse than before. The Carraways decide to file suit against Gary. To get back at him, Mimi buys the show from the producer and embarrasses Gary by hiring a paid audience to walk out on the show. Word leaks out to the press and Gary is now the laughingstock of New York. Furious, he tears up his contract, refusing to work with Mimi. Soon, Mimi becomes engaged to Arctic explorer Frederick Sims (Alan Mowbray). On her wedding day, Mona arrives and tells Mimi that it was she, not Gary, who changed the skit. She runs out on the wedding and is taken to city hall with Gary to be married. The movie's action is interspersed with songs from the play, including Berlin's songs "He Ain't Got Rhythm," and "Let's Go Slumming On Park Avenue." Cast[edit]

Dick Powell
Dick Powell
as Gary Blake Madeleine Carroll
Madeleine Carroll
as Mimi Caraway Alice Faye
Alice Faye
as Mona Merrick The Ritz Brothers
The Ritz Brothers
as themselves George Barbier as Commodore Caraway Alan Mowbray
Alan Mowbray
as Frederick Sims Cora Witherspoon
Cora Witherspoon
as Aunt Fritz Walter Catlett as J.J. Dibble Douglas Fowley as Eddie Eads Joan Davis
Joan Davis
as Miss Katz Stepin Fetchit
Stepin Fetchit
as Herman 'Step' Sig Ruman
Sig Ruman
as Herr Hanfstangel (as Sig Rumann) Billy Gilbert
Billy Gilbert
as Joe Papaloupas

Partial sound track[edit]

I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (1937)

Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin Sung by Dick Powell
Dick Powell
and Alice Faye
Alice Faye
in the show[3]

This Year's Kisses (1937)

Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin Sung by Alice Faye
Alice Faye
with piano accompaniment at rehearsal

You're Laughing at Me (19371927)

Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin Sung by Dick Powell
Dick Powell
with the studio orchestra

The Girl on the Police Gazette (1937)

Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin Sung by Dick Powell
Dick Powell
with a barbershop quartet

Cheek to Cheek
Cheek to Cheek

Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin Partially sung by Harry Ritz in the "He Ain't Got Rhythm" number

He Ain't Got Rhythm (1937)

Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin Performed by Alice Faye, The Ritz Brothers
The Ritz Brothers
and chorus in the show

Accolades[edit] The film is recognized by American Film Institute
American Film Institute
in these lists:

2006: AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals – Nominated[4]


^ Solomon p 240 ^ Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century-Fox: A Corporate and Financial History Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 p 217 ^ Ruth, Roy Del (1937-02-12), On the Avenue, retrieved 2016-10-11  ^ " AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-13. 

External links[edit]

On the Avenue
On the Avenue
at the TCM Movie Database On the Avenue
On the Avenue
on IMDb On the Avenue
On the Avenue
at AllMovie

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Films directed by Roy Del Ruth

The Cat's Meow (1924) Eve's Lover (1925) Three Weeks in Paris (1925) Hogan's Alley (1925) The Man Upstairs (1926) The Little Irish Girl (1926) Footloose Widows
Footloose Widows
(1926) Across the Pacific (1926) Wolf's Clothing (1927) The First Auto
The First Auto
(1927) If I Were Single
If I Were Single
(1927) Ham and Eggs at the Front (1927) Powder My Back (1928) Conquest (1928) Five and Ten Cent Annie (1928) The Terror (1928) Beware of Bachelors
Beware of Bachelors
(1928) The Desert Song (1929) The Hottentot
The Hottentot
(1929) Gold Diggers of Broadway
Gold Diggers of Broadway
(1929) The Aviator (1929) Hold Everything (1930) The Second Floor Mystery
The Second Floor Mystery
(1930) Three Faces East (1930) The Life of the Party (1930) Divorce Among Friends
Divorce Among Friends
(1930) My Past (1931) The Maltese Falcon (1931) Side Show (1931) Blonde Crazy
Blonde Crazy
(1931) Taxi!
(1932) Winner Take All (1932) Blessed Event
Blessed Event
(1932) Beauty and the Boss
Beauty and the Boss
(1932) The Mind Reader
The Mind Reader
(1933) Employees' Entrance
Employees' Entrance
(1933) Captured!
(1933) Bureau of Missing Persons
Bureau of Missing Persons
(1933) Lady Killer (1933) Upper World (1934) Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1934) Kid Millions
Kid Millions
(1934) Broadway Melody of 1936
Broadway Melody of 1936
(1935) Folies Bergère de Paris (1935) Thanks a Million
Thanks a Million
(1935) Private Number (1936) It Had to Happen (1936) Born to Dance
Born to Dance
(1936) On the Avenue
On the Avenue
(1937) Broadway Melody of 1938
Broadway Melody of 1938
(1937) Tail Spin
Tail Spin
(1939) The Star Maker (1939) Here I Am a Stranger
Here I Am a Stranger
(1939) He Married His Wife (1940) Topper Returns
Topper Returns
(1941) The Chocolate Soldier (1941) Maisie Gets Her Man
Maisie Gets Her Man
(1942) DuBarry Was a Lady (1943) Broadway Rhythm
Broadway Rhythm
(1944) Barbary Coast Gent
Barbary Coast Gent
(1944) It Happened on Fifth Avenue
It Happened on Fifth Avenue
(1947) The Babe Ruth Story
The Babe Ruth Story
(1948) Red Light (1949) Always Leave Them Laughing
Always Leave Them Laughing
(1949) The West Point Story (1950) On Moonlight Bay (1951) Starlift
(1951) About Face (1952) Stop, You're Killing Me
Stop, You're Killing Me
(1952) Three Sailors and a Girl
Three Sailors and a Girl
(1953) Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954) The Alligator People
The Alligator People
(1959) Why Must I Die?
Why Must I Die?

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Musicals by Irving Berlin


Annie Get Your Gun As Thousands Cheer Call Me Madam The Canary The Century Girl The Cocoanuts The Cohan Revue of 1918 Face the Music Louisiana Purchase Miss Liberty Mr. President Music Box Revue Stop! Look! Listen! This Is the Army Top Hat Watch Your Step White Christmas Wise Guy Yip Yip Yaphank Ziegfeld Follies


Alexander's Ragtime Band Annie Get Your Gun Blue Skies Call Me Madam Carefree The Cocoanuts Easter Parade Follow the Fleet Hallelujah Holiday Inn On the Avenue Second Fiddle There's No Business Like Show Business This Is the Army Top Hat White Christmas

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