Musical Monday: Career Girl (1944)

It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals.
In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals.

This week’s musical:
“Career Girl” (1944)– Musical #590

Studio:
Producers Releasing Corporation

Director:
Wallace Fox

Starring:
Frances Langford, Edward Norris, Iris Adrian, Craig Woods, Linda Brent, Alec Craig, Ariel Heath, Lorraine Krueger, Gladys Blake, Charles Judels, Marcy McGuire, Bess Flowers (uncredited)

Plot:
Joan Terry (Langford) traveled from Kansas City to New York City with hopes to hit it big on Broadway. While she unsuccessfully looks for work, she moves from her hotel to a women’s acting boarding house. There are lots of different personalities in the house: stuck up and catty burlesque queen Thelma (Brent), naïve Sue (Heath) who wants to be in show business, and sassy Glenda (Adrian), who becomes Joan’s good friend. Joan has a fiance in Kansas City who is put out with her career and wants her to come home to marry him, however, Steve (Norris) who is in New York also is wooing Joan.

Trivia:
– Unoffical remake of “Stage Door” (1937)
– Marcy McGuire is in the film but billed as Marion McGuire.
– Working title was Manhattan Rhythm.
– Morey Amsterdam and Tony Romano wrote some of the songs in the film.

Highlights:
-Frances Langford’s singing

Notable Songs:
-“Someday” performed by Frances Langford
-“Blue in Love Again” performed by Frances Langford
-“A Dream Came True” performed by Francs Langford

Frances Langford and Edward Norris

My review:
The plot to “Career Girl” may feel familiar: A girl’s acting boarding house, some of the girls are hateful towards each other, one is sweet and naive and only wants to act, and our main heroine is simply working towards a career. It’s basically a low-budget rehashing of “Stage Door.”

However, the premise, plot and characters are just different enough that this little movie is it’s own.

Sure, this movie practically defines “poverty row” film, but I have a soft spot in my heart for these hour-long Frances Langford films. Langford’s songs really make the film, but the supporting characters are also delightful, particularly the sassy Iris Adrian.

This movie is only 69 minutes long so it moves quickly and is enjoyable. It may not be an MGM extravaganza but it fits the entertainment bill.

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One thought on “Musical Monday: Career Girl (1944)

  1. I have developed a soft spot for these little Frances Langford films, too! I watched The Bamboo Blonde after reading your blog post, and it was a delight. Thank you for tipping us off about these 🙂

    Also, isn’t her long blonde hair glorious??

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