When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948)

Genres - Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Showbiz Drama  |   Run Time - 98 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Betty Grable and Dan Dailey play a couple of small-time vaudevillians, at least until Dailey gets a big Broadway break. Success swells his head to cataclysmic dimensions; he becomes an alcoholic, loses his stardom and winds up in the drunk ward. Grable divorces Dailey to marry rancher Richard Arlen, but Dailey's old pal Jack Oakie tries to rehabilitate the fallen star. Oakie's mission seems hopeless until Grable rejoins the act, and everything is patched up...at least professionally. If the plot of When My Baby Smiles at Me seems familiar, perhaps you've seen the previous two versions of the George Manker Watters/Arthur Hopkins play Burlesque: The Dance of Life (1929) and Swing High, Swing Low.

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alcoholism, burlesque, comeback, dance [art], divorce, employment, entertainer, friendship, help, manager, marital-problems, marriage, partner, reconciliation, romance, show, songwriter, stage, stars [celebrities], success, team, vaudeville