THIS WAY PLEASE (director: Robert Florey; screenwriters: Garrett Grant, Seena Owen, Howard J. Green/story by Maxwell Stone & Bill Thomas; cinematographer: Harry Fischbeck; editor: Anne Bauchens; music: John Leipold; cast: Charles “Buddy” Rogers (Brad Morgan), Betty Grable (Jane Morrow), Mary Livingstone (Maxine Barry), Ned Sparks (Inky Wells), Jim Jordan (Fibber McGee), Marion Jordan (Molly), Porter Hall (S. J. Crawford ), Lee Bowman (Stu Randall), Rufe Davis (Sound effects man ); Runtime: 75; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Mel Shauer; Paramount Pictures; 1937)
“This was Betty Grable’s first appearance under her new Paramount contract.”
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
A backstage romance about a movie theater usherette (Betty Grable) who has a crush on womanizing band leader Charles “Buddy” Rogers. The uninspiring musical is directed by Robert Florey(“Outpost in Morocco”/”The Florentine Dagger”/”God is My Co-Pilot”). It’s based on the story by Maxwell Stone & Bill Thomas. The screenplay is by Garrett Grant, Seena Owen, and Howard J. Green.
The film’s memorable scene is the sounds effects man Rufe Davis performing onstage. Radio’s Fibber McGee and Molly (Jim and Marion Jordan) do a comic routine. The slight story has Betty getting a break to sing in the theater and making the heartthrob band leader jealous so he marries her in a slapstick marriage onstage.
This was Betty Grable’s first appearance under her new Paramount contract.
REVIEWED ON 4/12/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: “Ozus’ World Movie Reviews”
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