And the Angels Sing

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And the Angels Sing
Directed by George Marshall
Written by story from Claude Binyon
Melvin Frank
Norman Panama
Starring Dorothy Lamour
Music by Victor Young
James van Heusen
Johnny Burke (lyricist)
Cinematography Karl Struss
Edited by Eda Warren
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • April 25, 1944 (1944-04-25)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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 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.



  • Film Review 1945 by Maurice F. Speed

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