Alice Jeanne Leppert had blonde hair, deep blue eyes, and a deep contralto singing voice . . . . And she was only nineteen years old when she starred in this movie. As a teenager she got a singing job with Rudy Vallee’s band, and when he got the leading role in a musical romantic comedy, he managed to get Alice a small part.
The female romantic lead for that movie walked off the set, and Alice Faye became the leading lady in her first appearance on the big screen. That movie premiered in March of 1934, and this story starring the Jean Harlow lookalike was released in December of the same year.
Alice Faye’s movie career continued to bring her increasing fame until 1945 when she starred in a movie produced and directed by Otto Preminger. She felt that her performance was the best of her career, but Darryl F. Zanuck edited her best scenes out and promoted the scenes and close-ups of supporting actress Linda Darnell. Alice was so upset that she walked away from her contract and refused to act in any motion picture for seventeen years until appearing in the 1962 movie “State Fair.”
Alice Faye married musician and comedian Phil Harris, and they both performed for many years on the Jack Benny radio show during her off-camera years.
In this, her third appearance in motion pictures, nineteen-year-old Alice is a young girl from Peoria who goes to Hollywood in search of fame and fortune. As she once said about many of her early movies, her singing voice was a bit deeper than the story plot. Two men chase Alice in this story, and Alice must decide between the down-and-out director or a suave and lecherous actor. Maybe they can fist-fight over Alice, . . . Maybe they will. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Director: George Marshall
Stars: James Dunn, Alice Faye, Frank Mitchell