The Girl Friend (1935)

Genres - Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Comedy  |   Run Time - 67 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Ann Sothern and Jack Haley star in this inconsequential little musical. Haley is a struggling playwright of minimal talent, whose latest play is miraculously selected for a Broadway berth by producer Roger Pryor. The problem: Pryor isn't a producer at all, but an out-of-work actor anxious to get into anyone's play, even Haley's. After several ups and downs, the play actually makes it to Broadway, where it is regarded as the ultimate in ridiculous comedy and becomes a success! It would be stretching things to suggest that this was the inspiration for Mel Brooks' similarly plotted The Producers, since the backstage legend of a flop play becoming an accidental hit is as old as the Theatre itself.

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actor, playwright, backstage, stage, success, town, family, producer [showbiz], romance, friendship, inspiration, life, musical [play], problems, rurality, stars [celebrities]