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Drama News and Reviews
Bayous Ring With Gay Song
In Big Palace Musical
By Jay Carmody
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer never looks more open-hearted than
when it puts on one of those large, lush. Technicolor musicals. These
are like old-fashioned costumed balls to which every one is invited
to pay his gay respects to the outstanding members of the studio's
younger set.
Precisely in the big tradition of these things is “Toast of New
Orleans,” which opened today at the Palace. In it a whale of a cast
headed by Kathryn Grayson;
Mario Lanza, David Niven and J.
Carroll Naish romp so high-heart
edly through song and dance and
romance that there is virtually
nothing to do but go along with
them.
This is a Joseph Pasternak pro
duction and as every one should
know by this time, it is the spirit
and not the letter that counts in
such cases. Taken literally, there
is not really much to “The Toast
of New Orleans.” It is that age
old story of a pretty young opera
star who meets a talented young
fisherman and the steps that lead
up to their living happily ever
afterward.
The package itself is so vivid
that it is ungrateful to question
what is inside.
Moreover, if Miss Grayson's is
hot the greatest feminine voice
any one ever heard, she has cer
tain other superiorities over her
operatic betters. If she cannot give
a convincing imitation of a prima
donna, she does offer a lively one
and Metro has taken the sensible
precaution of backing her up with
sound actors in Niven. Naish .and
a number of the others.
With so much sugar-coating,
why worry about the absence of
the pill?
# * * *
Old, pre-Huey Long Louisiana
is a natural as the setting of such
a production as that at the Pal
ace. There is an enticing foreign
flavor in the area. There is some
thing richly aristocratic about
the cafes and other centers of
culture in New Orleans itself and
the adjacent bayous teem with
folksiness. The mingling of these
two classes on festival days leads
both to throw back their happy
heads and sing and to burst just
as frequently into frenzied inter
vals of dancing.
Where, indeed, could a more
Joyous or democratic background
be found for bringing together
so polished an aristocrat of the
arts as Miss Grayson and such
a buoyant boy of the bayous as
Lanza. He comes, quite naturally,
as a shock to her when he joins
his wonderful, untrained voice
with hers in song and seizes her
In his strong fisherman’s arms I
and swings her into a dance called
the Tina Lina.
It is at this moment their com
mon fate is sealed and it becomes;
apparent that the boy is going
to become as great, if not greater,
as an opera star. He will have to
polish both his voice and his bois
terous peasant manners, of course,
but it is he, instead of Niven, who
will marry Miss Grayson before
it is over.
* * * *
Norman Taurog, who directed
“Toast of New Orleans.” knows
what a tired little fable he is
dealing with. No one could be
happier than he, when the oppor
tunity arises, as it always does,
AMUSEMENTS. I
THE TOAST OP NEW ORLEANS ” a
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer release, produced
by Joe Pasternak, directed bv Norman
Taurog screenplay by Sy Gomberg and
George Wells.
The Cast.
Suzctte Micheline Kathryn Grayson
Pepe Abellard Duvalle Mario Lanza
Jacques Riboudeaux David Niven
Nicky Duvalle J. Carroll Naish
Pierre James Mitchell
Maestro P. Trellini __ Richard Hageman
Oscar _Clinton Sundberg
Mayor-. ... Sig Arno
Tina _ Rita Moreno
Manuelo .. Romo Vincent
to inject a song or a dance. In
truth, the best single feature of
the film may be its dances. These
are mostly folk ballets in nature
and they are danced by a horde
of spirited and handsome young
humans who would not mind in
the least stealing the picture from
the higher-paid performers.
The production emphasis to be
sure is placed upon the song cycle
through which Miss Grayson and
Lanza run in “Toast of New Or
leans.” This includes more oper
atic excerpts than in other Metro
musicals, but it also makes a
sensible allotment of time to more
popular ballads. These will not
shatter the heart either with joy
or sadness, but “Be My Love,”
“I’ll Never Love You.” and the
“Tina Lina” songs are pleasant
enough.
The big operatic production item
is the duet from “Mme. Butterfly.”
which brings the film to its climax
in which the vocalists recognize
neither could ever live without
the other.
This is also where Niven is
pushed out into the cold, but it
is never very cold in New Orleans
and a polished philosophic type
such as he, is unlikely to be too
lonely.
Best single performance in
"Toast of New Orleans” is that of j
Naish as the comic uncle of Fish
erman Lanza. He is a man with
small patience for the fancy ways
of musical aristocrats. He knows
he can have more fun on his bayou
with his boat and his concertina
and his performance comes close
to convincing you that he is right.
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By Harry MacArthur
The people In "Outrage” are
great ones for pouring cups of
coffee which they quickly aban
don after one sip. They are as
hard on the nerves as those peo
ple in the movies who light
cigarettes and never smoke them
and mix highballs and never
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Ida Lupino, who directed "Out
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In the new picture she turns her
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ly large business firm to work
late at night alone and unpro
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done, she flees for blocks through
a business area which never
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into the sequence of violence and
after it is over a young newcom
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Ferguson . - Tod Andrews
Jim Owens- Robert Clarke
Mr. Walton-Raymond Bond
Mrs. Walton-Lilian Hamilton
Stella Carter - Rita Lupino
Sergt. Hendrix- Hal March
Mr. Harrison- Kenneth Patterson
Frank Marini_ Jerry Paris
Mrs. Harrison-..Angela Clarke
Sheriff Hanlon_ Roy Engel
Mrs. Miller -Lovyss Bradley
Shoeshinc Boy_ Robin Camp
Lee Wilkins -William Challee
Judge McKenzie _Tristram Coffin
Mr. Denker __ -Jerry Hausner
Dr Hoffman - Bernie Marcus
Office Worker - Joyce McCluskcy
Scarlace __ Albert Mellen
Prosecuting Attorney John Morgan
Andrew . Victor Perrin
Fred Keith . ... _ John Pellctti
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