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Monday, June 2, 2008

THE STORK CLUB (1945)

Betty Hutton only had three or four chances to really show off her considerable stuff and this dopey little farce ain’t one of them. She’s a hat check girl at The Stork Club who saves an old coot from drowning. Turns out, the guy’s a millionaire who anonymously becomes her benefactor causing havoc for Hutton at work & in the romance department. Barry Fitzgerald, Robert Benchley & Don DeFore head up a cast that looks reasonably promising on paper and Hutton gets a couple of good numbers (especially Hoagy Carmichael ’s swinging ‘Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief’), but you’ll see why Paramount let this one slip into Public Domain.

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