Doll Face

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Doll Face
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Title card
Directed by Lewis Seiler
Produced by Bryan Foy
Written by Harold Buchman (adaptation)
Gypsy Rose Lee (play The Naked Genius)
Leonard Praskins (writer)
Cinematography Joseph LaShelle
Edited by Norman Colbert
Release date(s) 31 December 1945[1]
Running time 80 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Doll Face is a 1945 American film directed by Lewis Seiler starring Vivian Blaine as "Doll Face" Carroll. The film is also known as Come Back to Me in the United Kingdom.

Plot summary[edit]

"Doll Face" Carroll is an entertainer looking to expand her reportoire. After a failed audition, where she is recognized as a burlesque performer from the Gayety Theatre, her manager and fiancé Mike Hannegan suggest she writes an autobiography to project a more literate image and he hires Frederick Manly Gerard as a ghost writer. Doll Face agrees on the condition she is allowed to dedicate the book to Mike with "For the love of Mike".

Another performer in the burlesque show, Chita Chula, remarks that if the book is a success and Doll Face leaves the show it will probably have to close down. Mike then decides to produce a Broadway show of his own with the financial aid of the performers themselves. Frederick offers to put up any money missing. Chita Chula (portrayed by Carmen Miranda) is sceptical she can pull it off, but Mike assures her she'll "probably wound up being another Carmen Miranda!", something Chita Chula perceives as an insult.

Mike leaks word on the book to the press and, riding the publicity, argues the show got all the press it needs and that the book, although all but finished, needs not to be published. Doll Face, however, decides to go through with it and goes to Jamaica with Frederick for some final touch-ups. Boat engine trouble leaves them marooned on an island and when Mike finds them he breaks up with her. Without "Doll Face" as headliner, the Gayety Theatre struggles and Mike finally shuts it down.

Chorus performs "Dig You Later (A-Hubba Hubba Hubba)" in the Show-within-a-show.

Doll Face releases her book "The Genius DeMilo" and when Mike sees she dedicated the book to Frederick instead of him, he regrets leaving her. After Doll Face refuses to talk to Mike he sends a lawyer to stop her show in the middle of opening night since she is under contract not to appear in any show not produced by him. She agrees to meet him and he asks her forgiveness. They reunite, she tricks the producer of her show to give Mike a 25% share and co-producer credit so the show can go on.

Differences from play[edit]

The film is based on the 1943 play The Naked Genius written by Gypsy Rose Lee.


Vivian Blaine as "Doll Face" Carroll
Dennis O'Keefe as Mike Hannegan


  • Vivian Blaine - "Somebody's Walking in My Dream" (Music by Jimmy McHugh, Lyrics by Harold Adamson)
  • Perry Como and Martha Stewart - "Somebody's Walking in My Dream" (Music by Jimmy McHugh, Lyrics by Harold Adamson)
  • Perry Como and chorus girls - "Red Hot and Beautiful" (Music by Jimmy McHugh, Lyrics by Harold Adamson)
  • Vivian Blaine and male quartet - "Red Hot and Beautiful" (Music by Jimmy McHugh, Lyrics by Harold Adamson)
  • Perry Como - "Here Comes Heaven Again" (Music by Jimmy McHugh, Lyrics by Harold Adamson)
  • Perry Como and Vivian Blaine - "Here Comes Heaven Again" (Music by Jimmy McHugh, Lyrics by Harold Adamson)
  • Perry Como and Martha Stewart - "Dig You Later (A-Hubba Hubba Hubba)" (Music by Jimmy McHugh, Lyrics by Harold Adamson)
  • Carmen Miranda, Bando da Lua and chorus - "Chico Chico" (Music by Jimmy McHugh, Lyrics by Harold Adamson)
  • "The Parisian Trot" (Music by Lionel Newman, lyrics by Charles E. Henderson)

Production and filming[edit]


The studio Twentieth Century-Fox reportedly paid Louise Hovick (Gypsy Rose Lee) much money for the rights to The Naked Genius. Bosley Crowther of The New York Times wrote that "some one (not Miss Hovick) made a terrible deal. [...] the only distinction in its writing is a persistence in grammatical mistakes. The only remarkability about its pattern is a monotonous fidelity to form."[2] and "Forget the plot, and concentrate on the production numbers performed with gusto by Blaine, Como, and Carmen Miranda."[3]

"A very surprising choice, I think, is Carmen Miranda for "Doll Face". Not that she isn't one of out best dancers, and certainly one of our most persuasive personalities, but she is so different from Joan Blondell, who created the role on the stage in "Naked Genius" from which "Doll Face" is taken" said Louella Parsons.[4]

DVD release[edit]

The film was released on DVD in June 2008 as part of Fox's "The Carmen Miranda Collection."[5]


Nicky performs "Red Hot and Beautiful" at the burlesque Gayety Theatre. 
Doll Face perform "Red Hot and Beautiful" to an enthusiastic crowd. 
Nicky performing "Here Comes Heaven Again" 
Doll Face on her way to make the final ajustments to her autobiography. 
Frankie and Nicky perform "Somebody's Walking in My Dream". 
Frankie performing "Somebody's Walking in My Dream" 
Frankie and Nicky perform "Somebody's Walking in My Dream". 
A worried Mike searching for Doll Face. 
Mike finds Doll Face and Frederick. 
Nicky and Frankie rehearses "Dig You Later (A-Hubba Hubba Hubba)". 
Frederick suspects Doll Face is unhappy. Chita suggests he should know. 
Rehearsing Nicky's "Here Comes Heaven Again" proves too much for Doll Face. 


  1. ^ Release dates for Doll Face, IMDb. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  2. ^ Bosley Crowther. "Doll Face (1946) The Screen; To Aid Stage Relief", The New York Times, March 28, 1946. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  3. ^ Bosley Crowther. "Doll Face (1946) Review Summary", The New York Times. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  4. ^ Louella Parsons. "Miranda 'Doll House' star", The Deseret News, July 13, 1945. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
  5. ^ "New York Times online - New DVD's: "The Carmen Miranda Collection"". DAVE KEHR. 17 June 2008. p. The New York Times. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 

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