Is It “On the Avenue” Or In Tin Pan Alley?

Re the 1937 film musical, On the Avenue:

imageOn the avenue, there is savory Irving Berlin music and some pleasurable singing and dancing.

Alice Faye is somewhat miscast as a jealous meanie, but as a performer she is a heartening jewel.  Musically Dick Powell holds his own, and the unfunny Ritz Brothers do some pretty good hoofing.  The hookiest song is probably “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm,” but “You’re Laughing at Me” and “This Year’s Kisses” also boast eminently likable and not too predictable melodies.

As romantic as it is mirthful, this vivacious flick was well directed by Roy Del Ruth.



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