If I Had My Way (1940) - Rotten Tomatoes

If I Had My Way (1940)





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In this musical drama, a construction worker becomes the guardian of a 12-year old girl after one of his buddies is killed. She and he head to New York to look for her uncle, a vaudevillian. With the help of a good pal, they soon find the uncle. The three searchers encounter trouble when the pal uses all their money to buy a ramshackle restaurant. Fortunately, the construction worker saves them by turning the dump into a red hot night spot. Songs include: "I Haven't The Time To Be A Millionaire", "Meet The Sun Halfway", "April Played The Fiddle", "The Pessimistic Character (With The Crab Apple Face)", "If I Had My Way", "Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider", and "Rings On My Fingers".


Bing Crosby
as Buzz Blackwell
Gloria Jean
as Patricia Johnson
Charles Winninger
as Joe Johnson
El Brendel
as Axel Swenson
Allyn Joslyn
as Jarvis Johnson
Claire Dodd
as Brenda Johnson
Moroni Olsen
as Mr. Blair
Nana Bryant
as Marian Johnson
Donald Woods
as Fred Johnson
Kathryn Adams
as Miss Corbett
Verna Felton
as Mrs. DeLacey
Barnett Parker
as Floorwalker
Dell Henderson
as Mr. Harris
Blanche Ring
as Herself
Grace La Rue
as Herself
Paul Gordon
as Himself
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Bing sings beautifully of course but the script is weak. Your enjoyment of Gloria Jean will depend on your taste for a light soprano voice but she's no Deanna Durbin. El Brendel's character is supposed to be goofily charming but he comes across as idiotic.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


This movie combines stories from two other Crosby movies: Crosby having to take care of a kid like in East Side of Heaven, and Crosby having to put together a profitable restaurant like in Double or Nothing. It's a predictable Crosby movie, but it's entertaining.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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