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Love and Learn(1947)

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When Eleanor Parker chose suspension over appearing in the third version of Harry Sauber's original story about an heiress who finds love while posing as a working-class woman, Martha Vickers stepped in, turning this slight comedy with songs into a follow-up to Warner's earlier The Time, the Place and the Girl (1946). That Technicolor musical had cast her as an opera singer who goes slumming at a nightclub run by Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson and Janis Paige. For the new picture, Warner's stuck to black-and-white, but still had Carson and Paige, with Robert Hutton filling in as romantic lead. He and Carson are songwriters, with Paige as Carson's girlfriend. They think Vickers is a taxi dancer, not realizing she's the one who funded their first song publication. When her father (Otto Kruger) shows up, they decide he must be her wealthy boyfriend, which throws a monkey wrench in the stars' budding romance. In earlier versions of Sauber's story, the heiress fell for a simple working guy, with Dick Powell and Josephine Hutchinson as the lovers in Happiness Ahead (1934) and Mildred Coles and Edward Norris teaming up for Here Comes Happiness (1941).

By Frank Miller

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