Calendar Girl

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Calendar Girl

Romance, Musical | 88 Mins. | Released: 1947
Director: Allen Dwan
Starring: Gail Patrick, William Marshall, Jane Frazee, Kenny Baker, Victor McLaglen, Irene Rich, James Ellison
Our Rating: 6
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Calendar Girl is a 1947 American musical romance film directed by Allan Dwan. The film is also known as Star Dust and Sweet Music (American reissue title). The movie was written by Lee Loeb, Mary Loos, and Richard Sale, with a cast featuring Jane Frazee, William Marshall, Gail Patrick, Kenny Baker and Victor McLaglen.

Calendar Girl tells the story of two best friends from Boston who come to Greenwich Village in 1900, one to become a famous artist, the other to become a famous composer. The composer falls in love with the girl next door, but she is intrigued by his friend, who has secrets he feels he doesn’t need to share with her.

Calendar Girl was Patrick’s last film before retiring from acting in the wake of her marriage.

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Movie Notes:

Reviews for Calendar Girl:
Not Perfect, But Fun
by skidoo, January 2010
I enjoyed this movie. It captured the aura of the era better than most 40s productions with many authentic-seeming details. The fire horses were particularly effective. I wonder if they doubled as chariot horses in other movies. One of the most effective devices was having the musicians and singers at their windows, instead of having the music come out of nowhere. The movie made me want to live there! It looked like everyone was having a good time.
The characters were engaging and did clever bits of business–I especially liked the artist on the telephone to his fiancée, the songs were buoyant, the patter was funny–such as the cow painter who couldn’t get a word out, the dancing and singing very good. My favorite musical number was The Fireman’s Ball which was clever and original but also in keeping with the 1900 setting. (I went back and watched that again because it was so entertaining.) Good line in it about “belle of the brawl.” The women were strong-minded as was typical in movies of the war years, and the dresses were beautiful. I’m not a big fan of romantic ballads but I know from listening to 1940s radio shows online that they were hugely popular in that decade so I’m sure the audience liked that part better than I did.

A light and fun musical set at the turn of the century – 1900
by Dick Gardner, March, 2002
This is not a well known musical but includes several excellent songs written by Jimmy McHugh. The principal vocalists include Bill Marshall, Jane Frazee, Janet Martin and specially Kenny Baker. The latter’s tenor is shown off to good effect and he is capably joined in duets with Janet Martin, one of the several young players under contract to Republic who disappeared with the decline in the studio system. It is a multi-star cast including Victor McLaglen as a Fire Chief, Irene Rich as a Boarding House owner, Gail Patrick as a wealthy Bostonian and James Ellison. The story involves the trials of young hopefuls in the music/dance world, Martin, Frazee, Marshall, etc. and Ellison, a wealthy young artist from Boston. Martin plays a predatory female after Baker a young song plugger while there is a triangular mixup between Frazee and two potential suitors, Marshall and Ellison and Patrick. Highly recommended as a much better than average small musical from Hollywood just before television started to cut into the profits of the movie studios.