This Republic musical focuses on a New York City boarding house in which reside aspiring actors, dancers and artists trying to make it big. A songwriter becomes upset when his girlfriend becomes the model for an artist living next door. This title features several musical numbers performed by Jane Frazee, William Marshall, Janet Martin and Kenny Baker.
Wendell Corey and Forrest Tucker, the Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy of Republic, star as a pair of World War II Army Air Corps officers. In between their battles over the affections of beautiful nurse Vera Hruba Ralston,Corey and Tucker prepare to fly a bombing mission in the South Pacific.
Before boarding their B29 Superfortress, Tucker appears to be chickening out, but he's steadfastly at his cockpit post at takeoff time. For a big-budget war picture, Wild Blue Yonder contains a surprising amount of chorus boy-style singing. The best musical vignette is supporting player Phil Harris' rendition of his hit song "The Thing"
Trail of the Vigilantes was conceived as a straight action picture, but was reshaped during filming into a comedy western in the Destry Rides Again mode. Franchot Tone is the unlikely hero, an undercover agent sent west to halt the activities of rustler Warren William. The object of ridicule thanks to his dudelike ways, Tone makes a couple of powerful friends in the form of saloon brawlers Broderick Crawford and Andy Devine. The film proceeds in a
comic vein for several reels (including setpieces featuring Mischa Auer, who'd also been in Destry) before getting down to business with a lengthy, straight-faced action finale. Trail of the Vigilantes didn't do as well as Destry Rides Again, perhaps because there was no counterpart to Destry's Marlene Dietrich (leading lady Peggy Moran is appealing, but hardly in Dietrich's league).
Allan Dwan's assured direction is the principal selling card of Republic's Belle le Grand.
Based on a story by Peter B. Kyne, the film stars Vera Ralston as the title character, an
ex-jailbird who becomes the gambling queen of old San Francisco. Upon meeting miner
John Kilton (John Carroll), Belle increases her riches by selling shares of Kilton's silver
lode. Despite Belle's anger over Kilton's dalliance with her younger sister Nan (Muriel
Lawrence), she manages to save him from the evil machinations of all-purpose villain
Montgomery Crane (Stephen Chase). Never much of an actress, Vera Ralston nonetheless
delivers one of her better performances in Belle le Grand, though she is upstaged by such
veteran barnstormers as Hope Emerson, John Qualen and Grant Withers.
When her aunt tires of caring for her, orphan Heidi (Shirley Temple) goes to live in the Alps with her gruff grandfather (Jean Hersholt), who comes to adore her. Eventually placed with another family, Heidi fights to join her granddad again.
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