Southern California's Hotel Coronado caters to and is frequented by members of the social upper-crust. Although she lives on the wrong side of the San Diego track, in a tent-city with her father. Otto, and ditzy sister, Violet, June Wray is a singer with the Eddy Duchin Orchestra appearing to the hotel. Johnny Marvin, an aspiring songwriter and the son of a wealthy automobile manufacturer, is staying at the hotel and, from they moment June and Johnny meet, they fall instantly in love. Trouble arises when Johnny's father objects to the romance, and complications and help arrive in the form of two Marine-hating sailors,Chuck Hornbostel and "Pinky" Falls, when Chuck marries June's ditzy sister.
The movie turns out to be a little better than the average. Starting from a romantic formula often seen in the cinema, it ends in the most predictable (and somewhat bland) way.
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There are moments that feel comical, some horrific, and some downright inspiring but the tonal shifts hardly matter as the end results come to a film that's perfect for this time.
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This is a really fun little musical from 1935. The plot centers around a rich wannabe songwriter Johnny (Johnny Downs) who wants to put on a musical show with singer June (Betty Burgess) who is working at the hotel Coronado in California. They fall in love but Johnny's father is against their romance. Flapper star Alice White has a supporting role as June's sister who married a marine played by Jack Haley. There are some laughs and a lot of great songs. Alice White is beautiful and gives a wonderful performance. Betty Burgess is a terrific singer and actress who unfortunately didn't make many more films. Jack Haley is a always a lot of fun to watch and he gets to show off his singing skills too. Leon Errol is very funny as Alice White's domineering father and Andy Devine is great as Jack Haley's marine buddy.
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Sailors meet society in this light "B" musical where the well to do get entertained by talented youngsters, including a couple of sea men on leave. Diamond-in-the-rough vaudevillian Leon Errol, haunted by memories of his old partner, goes into a trance every time he hears fingers snapping, much like the "Slowly I Turned" skit from Abbott and Costello's "Lost in a Harem". Son-in-law Jack Haley is usually on the receiving end of this gag while Errol's other daughter (Betty Furness) falls for wealthy prankster Johnny Downs. Haley and pal Andy Devine keep getting into all sorts of scrapes, usually involving navy hating marines that create all sorts of comic moments including one with Haley putting his head through a hole for a baseball throwing carnival game. The songs are rather unmemorable, but a fairly lavish finale utilizes all the young musical talent that Paramount could muster. An enjoyable time-passer, it is worth a look, particularly for Errol and Haley's divine brands of comedy.