And the Angels Sing
|And the Angels Sing|
|Directed by||George Marshall|
|Produced by||E.D. Leshin|
|Written by||Claude Binyon
|Music by||Victor Young|
|Edited by||Eda Warren|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release date(s)||April 25 1944|
|Running time||96 min|
And the Angels Sing (1944) is a classic example of a film musical written to capitalize on the title of a previously popular song; in this case Benny Goodman's 1939 number one hit song, "And the Angels Sing" by Ziggy Elman and Johnny Mercer, and sung by Martha Tilton although the song is not sung in the film. The standout original songs in the musical were It Could Happen To You (song) sung by Dorothy Lamour, which quickly became a pop standard and "His Rocking Horse Ran Away," which became one of Betty Hutton's most popular numbers.
This film was directed by George Marshall and released by Paramount Pictures, and is a followup to the popularity of the song's title. The story is about a singing sister group, their exploitation by a bandleader, and their subsequent rise to fame.
The four Angel sisters are singers, although all wish to pursue other careers. At a roadhouse, bandleader Happy Marshall makes a pass at Nancy Angel, but she already has a boyfriend, cab driver Oliver.
After the girls are paid just $10 for a performance, Bobby Angel gambles with her sisters' money and wins $190. But she is conned out of it by Happy, whose band needs it to make a trip to Brooklyn to perform at a club. Bobby thinks he wants to both hire and romance her, neither of which is true.
Happy ends up falling for Nancy, and the girls' act is so good, the club's owner won't hire Happy's band in the future without them. Nancy's fine with the arrangement, particularly when Bobby ends up falling for Happy's friend in the band, Fuzzy.
- Dorothy Lamour as Nancy Angel
- Betty Hutton as Bobby Angel
- Fred MacMurray as Happy
- Diana Lynn as Josie Angel
- Mimi Chandler as Patti
- Eddie Foy, Jr. as Fuzzy
- Film Review 1945 by Maurice F. Speed
- New York Times Movie Review
- And the Angels Sing at the Internet Movie Database
- And the Angels Sing at AllMovie