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The Best Things in Life Are Free (1956)





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The Best Things in Life are Free is the tuneful if uninspired life story of popular composers DeSylva (Gordon MacRae), Brown (Ernest Borgnine) and Henderson (Dan Dailey). Pooling their talents, the trio rises from Tin Pan Alley to fame and fortune. The team's future is threatened when Buddy DeSylva becomes a big-time movie mogul, his ego expanding with his new responsibilities. But there's a happy ending, replete with a big, blow-out production number. Highlights include Sheree North and Jacques D'Amboise's dance deut to the tune of "Birth of the Blues"; this was North's first opportunity to play something other than a Marilyn Monroe type, and she acquits herself quite nicely. Other DeSylva-Brown-Henderson songs showcased throughout the film include "Button Up Your Overcoat", "Black Bottom", "Sunny Side Up" and the title number.


Gordon MacRae
as Buddy De Sylva
Ernest Borgnine
as Lew Brown
Don Dailey
as Ray Henderson
Dan Dailey
as Ray Henderson
Sheree North
as Kitty Kane
Phyllis Avery
as Maggie Henderson
Tony Galento
as Fingers
Norman Brooks
as Al Jolson
Jacques d'Amboise
as Specialty dancer
Roxanne Arlen
as Perky Nicholas
Byron Palmer
as Hollywood star
Linda Brace
as Jeannie Henderson
Patty Lou Hudson
as Susie Henderson
Larry Kerr
as Brewer
Harold Miller
as Percy - The Reporter
Paul Glass
as Piano Player
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Packed with good old tunes but oddly lacking in real show-business nostalgia or "period" atmosphere, this is a musical biography of Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson.

October 23, 2019 | Full Review…

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