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In turn-of-the-century San Francisco, an ambitious vaudevillian takes his quartet from a honky tonk to the big time, while spurning the love of his troupes star singer for a selfish heiress.
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Strong evidence of why Alice Faye was such a big star in the 40s. Goodsupport from John Payne, Jack Oakie, and femme fatale Lynn Bari. Somecritics, including Maltin, are down on this one, but they're wrong. It's ajoy from end to end, and as easy on the eyes (in color) as Faye's voice ison the ears (especially in Academy Award winner "You'll Never Know"). Wishthey gave Payne more songs to sing, but you can't have everything. Offhand,I don't know of a Fox musical of that era that's as enjoyable.
Wonderful music and sumptuous color mark this great 1943 film. The songYou'll Never Know won the academy award that year and deservedly so.This is a sparkling musical where John Payne really shines as JohnnyCornell, a street hustler, who goes from rags to riches. While Ithought that Clark Gable would have been fabulous in the part, Payne isquite good here.Alice Faye seemed to just get better and better. Continuing hertradition in "Alexander's Rag Time Band," she goes through a lot to gether man.Jack Haley and June Havoc give great musical support to Payne and Fay.Havoc looks just like Lucille Ball in several scenes. Hard to believethat just 4 years later, she portrayed Jewish secretary Elaine Wales in"Gentleman's Agreement." I guess that's what acting is all about.The devil here is Lynn Bari, a socialite from Knob Hill who is wipedout only to marry an up and coming Cornell and then take him for afinancial ride.Of course, love conquers all at the end but you will feel so good afterseeing this film. They just don't make musicals like this anymore.
This review is from: Hello Frisco Hello (DVD) I have never seen this movie before and Alice Faye is in the german speaking part UNKNOW. I bought because I had been curious about John Payne.Well... the movie starts with a Info: "this dvd was produced with the best available material" (or similar word). I was scared the movie would be in a terrible conditiion. But SURPRISING: THE MOVIE IS ON DVD IN VERY VERY GOOD CONDITION!!! in wonderful Technicolor (no scratches er tropouts etc.) and of course in FULLSCREEN 4:3 (1,37:1).The Sound is also in very good condition. Very nice the DVD contains some bonus features and english, spanish subtitles.
After the first 30-40 minutes of "Hello Frisco, Hello" I was very impressed with the quality of the singing, dancing, and on-stage humor. This was going to be another one of those diamonds in the rough, I thought. It developed into another costumed love story and lost its' magic until it regained it belatedly at the end. Yet the first third or forth of the movie really ought to be seen by those who loved the old Vaudville song and dance acts of the past. Alice Faye is her usual melodious self this is probably one of her best movies. However, for me, Jack Oakie steals the show. His humor was something I expected but I never knew he was so light on his feet. He is quite a dancer and the dancing was the equal of the singing. I watched "Hello Frisco, Hello" because it won and Oscar (for Best Song) and I noticed it was also nominated for Best Color. The Best Song Oscar is probably the worst reason to watch a movie (I can't see myself watching "8 Miles", for example) but I like the excuse that it gives me to see a number of old musicals I would have otherwies missed. I'm glad I had the opportunity to watch the beginning of "Hello Frisco, Hello", it made it worth sitting through to the end.
One of the best musicals ever to come out of Fox and one of the topAlice Faye showcases. Never mind the plot, just set back and enjoy thesultry velvety voice of the most beautiful Alice Faye, the finest songstylist ever to come out of Hollywood .This beautiful film introduced the Academy Award winning song-"You'llNever Know" which Faye sings three times in the picture. This hauntingsong was reprised the following year by her in the wartime musical"Four Jills in a Jeep". It has been recorded countless times, howeverno one sings it like Faye. She pulls the heart strings in aprofessional fashion.If you are not familiar with Alice Faye, do yourself a favor anddiscover why she was the Number #1 Box-Office star over Bette Davis inthe early 1940's. I highly recommend this lavish musical entertainment.
I remember seeing this movie in the 40's when musicals were the top draws. How I wish they still made movies like this. Alice Faye and John Payne were wonderful stars & their singing of "Hello, Frisco, Hello" & "You'll Never Know" brought back wonderful memories. All the other musical acts & songs were great & the actors of that era, Jack Oakie, June Havoc, Lynn Bari & the others made for a most pleasant 99 minutes of movie viewing. I'm so glad it finally has been put on DVD.
This review is from: Hello Frisco Hello (DVD) This one's great for fans of Alice Faye, John Payne, or Jack Oakie. I gave it to my mother who particularly likes technicolor musicals that take place in the early 20th century, and she loved this one. It's not quite in the same league with Meet Me In St. Louis, but satisfying to fans of that type of film.
...if you like vaudeville, then you will like "Hello, Frisco, Hello". The stars are old hands at breathing life into music and situations like this, and they are terrific. If 'Fox Musicals' are something you enjoy...this is it...the plot is worn smooth as the rocks on the bottom of a rushing river...and the performers are even smoother than that...they know exactly how to engage you in the silliness at hand. Try it... I bet you'll like it!
It's ironic that both Betty Grable and Alice Faye got to remake some oftheir old movies with changes of settings and slightly differentthemes. Grable remade "Coney Island" as "Wabash Avenue" and "Moon OverMiami" (itself already a remake) as "How to Marry a Millionaire". Sevenyears after "King of Burlesque" (1936), Faye remade the film in color,changing the setting from the vaudeville theatres of New York to thewaterfront saloons of San Francisco. While "Hello Frisco Hello" isrespectable in many different ways, it takes away the edge from itsoriginal source, mainly because the character played by John Payneisn't as interesting as Warner Baxter's. Faye herself has gone from aJean Harlow tough cookie with a heart of gold to a total lady. She iswonderful in both films, but I like her earlier image a bit more. Shehas a fabulous song, the Oscar Winning "You'll Never Know", and thetitle song is a fun way to start the film. Even that other tribute tothe California ciy on the bay is there, and it doesn't involve anearthquake or Jeanette MacDonald's powerful soprano pipes. June Havoc(the real Dainty June from "Gypsy") and Jack Oakie give nice supportingperformances, with Oakie repeating his role from "King of Burlesque" inthe exact same manner. The other songs are standards both obscure andfamiliar, and Faye puts them off as only a professional could. LynnBari plays a broke San Francisco socialite who briefly comes betweenFaye and Payne and is the epitome of bitchy coolness. The Foxtechnicolor is glorious, making the beautiful sets and costumes standout amazingly well. Overall, if you can see the original version (notcommercially available), don't miss it, then compare to this one to seea lighter take on the same tale.
There's a reason for watching an antique like this, and that's AliceFaye. She was at the top of her form here, in what was to be her finalFox musical. Basic plot: John Payne is a vaudevillian with his eye ongreater things. His troupe consists of Faye, Jack Oakie and June Havoc.The Gay 90s costumes are a riot and, I assume, reasonably authentic. Ialso imagine some audience members in 1943 might have lived long enoughto remember the period in real life. Faye belts out an endless numberof great tunes, including her signature song, "You'll Never Know."Payne is stiff as usual, but veteran comic actor Oakie and hispredictable antics help make up for that. The plot is as thin as apiece of tissue paper, so enjoy the movie for its many and memorablemusical numbers. With her deep voice and striking looks, Faye reallyshines here. One caution: It is slightly jarring to watch the "rag"number, as all the performers are white but acting as if they wereStepin Fetchit-type blacks. This old-time minstrel baloney is certainlynot uncommon in old musicals. You can see similar numbers in even laterfare such as "Holiday Inn" (Bing Crosby in black face!) and "JolsonSings Again." The offending "Abraham" number in "Holiday Inn" used tobe cut for TV viewing. But there wasn't much TV could do about "TheJolson Story" and "Jolson sings Again" without emasculating the movie,as Al Jolson rose to fame singing "Mammy" and other numbers in blackface.
I think so! Such song and dance ladies as Garland,Rogers,Hayworth are all much better known today for some reason. I admit this may be my first Faye movie ever, and I practically never heard of her until I read her obituary a few years back. (She lived well into her 90's)..Anyone watching this one must admit that Alice stands right alongside the top ladies mentioned, and then some! Just about perfect in this role of a lovelorn vauville performer in turn of the 19th century San Fran. The tune "You'll Never Know" is about perfect, not to mention many others, including a high flying Dutch Roller Skate number that is right up there with Olympic material! So check this out ASAP. Also ,it's in 1943 technicolor..This one has great acting, dancing, singing,stage sets, a whirlwind tour thru Europe, and about anything else you can expect in a great musical. The story line may be corny and old hat, but that may be true for about any movie musical!
THIS IS THE SECOND GREATEST MOVIE EVER, FALLING SHORT ONLY OF THE SOUND OFMUSIC!Alice Faye is a beautiful actress that should be admired.I strongly suggest that you watch it, no matter your age.I was 13 when i first fell in love with this film and i still love it at16.It is the story of Trudy, a kind singer who is in love with her singingpartner."You'll never know" is a beautiful song that expresses the feelings ofFaye's character with touching clarity.It is a beautifully made film with a great cast and wonderful music.It is a movie you will never forget. Go watch it! You won't regret it.
wish i could understand why all the songs in this movie aren't listed-since thats what most people are interested in-in reviewing this movie!
This review is from: Hello Frisco Hello (DVD) Great service. VHS tape and packaging in perfect condition. Print image and sound excellent. Wonderful to be able to have a chance see one of the great stars from the 40s, Alice Faye, at the height of her career. So rare, so wonderful. I am so grateful that there are movie buffs out there who provide the best entertainers of all time to new viewers. There is nothing like this type of film being made now. Thank you.
My favorite Alice Faye movie, by far the best! Story was great, actingsuperb, and the music, well it's the music and the song "You'll NeverKnow"which rings in my heart forever! The comedy of Jack Oakie and June Havocishilariously funny, and I'll always remember Laird Cregar for his shiningshanigans "buddy can you spare a dime". The pairing of Alice with JohnPayne was always good!
This lavish early Technicolor provided great escapism entertainment inthe midst of WWII. To me, it clearly provides the best roles for AliceFaye and Jack Oakie, two of Fox's most popular performers, in amusical. June Havoc, as Oakie's low class Irish girlfriend andvaudeville performer partner, is also good, as are various choruses andspecialty acts. Loads of tunes, nearly all performed on stage. On theother hand, the association of self-made status seeking burlesquekingpin Johnny Cornell(John Payne) and snobbish cynical Knob Hillsociety matron Bernice Croft(Lynn Bari) casts a markedly contrastingnegative aspect to the film.I'm sure there are and have been suchpeople in the world, but their personality types, taken to the extremein this film, greatly distracts from the otherwise feel good tone ofthe film. The marriage of convenience between these two obnoxiouscharacters clearly is sick, as is the continuing emotional attachmentof Faye's character to Cornell, despite his repeated rebuffs and doublecrosses. But that's part of the standard formula for Foxmusicals:create some romantic and professional melodrama to fill inbetween musical scenes. Just, in this film, it's overdone in theextreme. Probably Payne's most likable versions of his standard role inhis numerous Fox musicals were those in "Weekend in Havana", where heagain costars with Faye, and again ultimately dumps his stuffysocialite fiancÃ©e for the earthy Faye, and "It Happened in Sun Valley",where Bari again plays his ultimately dumped finacee. Despite the sameoutcome, Bari's character is much more positive in that film, as isPayne's and doesn't leave the audience turned off.The raucous Barbary coast district of San Francisco, where most of theaction takes place, was a popular set for several films in the '30s and'40s, including "Barbary Coast"('35), "San Francisco"('36), and "Kingof Burlesque"('36), all in B&W. The present film is actually a remakeof the latter, with Faye and Oakie playing their same roles. Bari wasin it too, but as an uncredited chorus dancer.Ironically, the actresswho played Bari's part in that film was Mona Barrie:spelleddifferently, but pronounced the same! These films also have someobvious similarities to the popular MGM semi-musical "San Francisco",in which Clark Gable plays a Barbary coast kingpin very similar toJohnny Cornell, though more sympathetic,and Jeanette MacDonald plays arole very similar to that of Faye, as the one performer who gives anair of class respectability to the kingpin's entertainment empire.Again, the plot involves tensions between the kingpin and Knob hillsociety, and a love-hate relationship between the stars. Even the themesong from that film was included in the present film as background fora chorus number. But, Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, who composed mostof the songs for many of the Fox musicals, composed the signature songfor this film: "You'll Never Know", which is generally regarded asFaye's most memorable film song(Actually, I prefer Ella Fitzgerald'srendition).Not surprisingly, exuberant veteran vaudeville-styled Jack Oakie tendsto steal the show, both on stage and between the scenes. His warm comicpersona was essential to this film to counter the increasingly darkcharacterizations of Johhny Cornell and Bernice Croft, and to helpcheer up Faye after one of her double crosses by Cornell. Payne,Oakieand Faye had a basically similar relationship in the prior musical "TinPan Alley"... June Havoc was a talented, but second tier, Fox performerduring this period. She is easily confused in name with June Haver,also starring or costarring in several Fox musicals of this period,including "The Dolly Sisters", with Betty Grable...Laird Cregar has asmall role as Cornell's burley confident, notoriously leading himastray as to the source of money to finance Cornell's businesscomeback.I haven't seen Cregar's more sinister roles in his briefHollywood career, but his first significant Hollywood role, as PierreRadisson's jovial sidekick, in "Hudson's Bay", showed his potential asan actor. Unfortunately, he instituted an extreme crash diet in aneffort to shake his type casting as an overstuffed ogre, and apparentlywrecked his GI, necessitating surgery, from which he soon died.
This review is from: Hello Frisco Hello [VHS] (VHS Tape) I purchased Hello Frisco Hello for my mother. She is just learning about the internet so I showed her how easy it is to purchase items on Amazon.
This review is from: Hello Frisco Hello (DVD) The important elements in this musical: costumes, spectacular staging, some of the greatest singing and dancing talents in movies in 1943 (Alice Faye is a standout). A few of the songs, "You'll Never Know" in particular, are memorable. A somewhat sappy love story, but the fun is in the production and the energy of the performers. Indulge yourself in a show that was nostalgic in the year it was made.Hello Frisco Hello
This was an engaging musical, though I must admit that this is probablymy least familiar genre. While I like the occasional musical, theyaren't something I rush to see.John Payne and Alice Faye star in this Fox film. They are partnersalong with Jack Oakie and June Havoc and they hit the big time thanksto their musical talents as well as Payne's amazing business sense. Itseems to everyone except Payne that Faye is in love with him, but thebig dope never recognizes her for her decency and charm. Instead, hehas the eyes for selfish Lynn Bari--mostly because she is rich andwell-heeled and a place in society is what Payne wants most. However,the marriage is a bust and Bari does nothing except bleed Payne's bankaccounts. Now destitute, poor long-suffering Faye returns to help himback on his feet as the movie fades.The story of a man too blind to see love and too proud to ask for helpis familiar and I've seen it a few times already--so the plot wasawfully familiar and predictable. However, despite this, it wasentertaining and my wife, who hates old musicals, actually sat throughthe film and enjoyed it. Also, the choice of songs is excellent--withmany old hits. Not among the very best musicals, but still very good.And, unlike me, if you love the genre, then this is a must-see film.
"Hello Frisco Hello" has finally made it to DVD and Fox have done a great job. This was one of Alice Faye's most famous musicals, rich in familiar plot cliches but magnificently produced with spectacular colour, endless songs, great costumes and sets and Alice Faye's signature tune, "You'll Never Know", which is spellbinding and still a showstopper today.Faye, John Payne, Jack Oakie and June Havoc, the talented sister of Gypsy Rose Lee, play small time entertainers who make the big time through Payne's entrepreneurial skills. Faye wears her heart on her sleeve, Payne does his standard macho turn and Jack Oakie and June Havoc add much needed vitality.The DVD contains a restored print and the technicolour has never looked better. There are some excellent extras too. A featurette on Faye and her legacy has been included and her daughter Alice, Hugh Hefner, a huge Faye fan, and Miles Kreuger, that invaluable musical historian, among others appear. The featurette not only highlights Faye's underrated legacy as a pop singer but compares the film to an earlier Faye film, "King of Burlesque", noting how the same screenplay could be subtly shifted from Depression urgency to war time sentiment. It is odd that the featurette notes the contribution of Jack Oakie to both films but neglects to mention June Havoc, a fine performer in her own right. All the usual marketing bits are included such as the theatrical trailer and on set stills. Last of all, there is a audio only track which dove tails the studio recording of the music into the film without the soundtrack. Accordingly, we can hear the songs without interrruption - a delightful feature. All in all, this is a good DVD, best value if purchased as part of the "Alice Faye Collection Volume 2".