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East Side of Heaven (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Musical | 7 April 1939 (USA)
A man finds himself the father, by proxy, of a ten-month-old baby and becomes involved in the turbulent lives of the child's family.

Director:

David Butler
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Denny Martin
Joan Blondell ... Mary Wilson
Mischa Auer ... Nicky
Irene Hervey ... Mona Barrett
C. Aubrey Smith ... Cyrus Barrett Snr.
Robert Kent ... Cyrus Barrett Jr.
Jerome Cowan ... Claudius De Wolfe
Baby Sandy ... Sandy, the Barrett Baby
Jane Jones Jane Jones ... Mrs. Kelly, One of the Singing Cooks
Rose Valyda Rose Valyda ... Singing Cook
Helen Warner Helen Warner ... Singing Cook
Jack Powell Jack Powell ... Happy Jack, the Chef
Matty Malneck Matty Malneck ... Orchestra Leader
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Music Maids The Music Maids ... Waitresses
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Storyline

Singer Denny Martin's marriage to telephone operator Mary Wilson has been postponed several times already and is delayed once again when he changes jobs from singing telegrams to being a singing cab driver. His friend Cyrus Barrett Jr. is the scion of an autocratic millionaire father who is determined to wrest custody of his grandson from his alcoholic son and wife Mona. After Cyrus goes into rehab to dry out on Denny's advice, Barrett Sr. legally moves against his daughter-in-law and tries to have her arrested on kidnapping charges. A desperate Mona leaves Denny in charge of her infant son until she can locate the younger Barrett, but this presents new complications for Denny and his Russisn roommate Nicky as fiancée Mary becomes suspicious that Denny may be seeing another woman. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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HANGING OUT with the STARS !


Certificate:

Approved
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three's Company See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Russian Mischa Auer's Nicky character utters the malapropism, "Include me out!" popularly attributed to producer Samuel Goldwyn, who was born in Poland in 1879, when it was the part of the Russian Empire. Goldwyn was infamous for his "Goldwynisms." See more »

Quotes

Denny Martin: Sometimes I feel like a cross between a nightengale and a carrier pigeon.
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Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(uncredited)
Composed by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill (1893)
Sung by Bing Crosby
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Fun.
2 October 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"East Side of Heaven" isn't a particularly deep or fancy film, but it is fun and is a nice little family film. It's so nice, it's almost worth giving this one an 8.

Bing Crosby plays a struggling singer. He can't find a good job, so he first takes one as a singing telegram man and then as, oddly, a singing taxi driver. During the course of his job, he meets a desperate young lady and her obnoxious and very rich father-in-law (C. Aubry Smith). The old man is determined to take the child away--even though the mother is very competent. So, in desperation, she hides the cute kid with a friend--Bing and his roommate (Mischa Auer). The plot doesn't get a whole lot deeper than that, but it helped that Joan Blondell was on hand to play Bing's fiancée and that the baby was so freakin' adorable. All in all, fluff--but incredibly enjoyable, well written and well made fluff.

By the way, this film is included on the same disc as Bing's "If I Had My Way"--a film that is even better! A wonderful DVD and one worth having in your collection.


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