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      If I Had My Way

      1940 1h 34m Musical List
      Reviews 45% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Two friends (Bing Crosby, El Brendel) of an orphan's (Gloria Jean) father take her to New York to find her guardian. Read More Read Less

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      Steve D Not a lot here if you don't love Bing. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 06/11/23 Full Review Audience Member Bing sings beautifully of course but the script is weak. Your enjoyment of Gloria Jean will depend on your taste for a light soprano voice but she's no Deanna Durbin. El Brendel's character is supposed to be goofily charming but he comes across as idiotic. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Lackluster Crosby musical. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member How am I NOT going to give a 30's and 40's Bing Crosby movie 5 stars? Seriously, today's movies need to take a lesson or two from yesteryears movies. I almost enjoy black/whites more than today's movies because they are so innocent and can be watched by anybody. This movie had a great story and great actors. And the singing was fabulous. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie combines stories from two other Crosby movies: Crosby having to take care of a kid like in East Side of Heaven, and Crosby having to put together a profitable restaurant like in Double or Nothing. It's a predictable Crosby movie, but it's entertaining. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Although Bing Crosby could lift any film he appeared in, not this one. A real disappointment unless you can overlook a superficial plot and lots of Swede sterotype joking around. One of the songs and clip from the movie: "If I Had My Way is a 1940 musical comedy film directed by David Butler and starring Bing Crosby and Gloria Jean. Based on a story by David Butler, the film is about a construction worker who takes charge of the daughter of a fellow worker killed in an accident. After bringing the girl to New York to find her uncle, who has spent his life savings on a failed restaurant, he tries to help the girl and her uncle make the restaurant a success."--wikipedia [img][/img] A serious contender for waste of time. While some might call this a sweet melodrama, it wasn't anything but a disappointment for me. I never thought Bing could get stuck with a lemon, but in my opinion he did in this one. An orphaned girl is helped by Bing to get to her relatives, but they don't want her. Bing manages to fool the rich relatives by using their greed to believe in worthless stock. This one was tough to get through, too silly in many scenes although the beginning did have promise. [img][/img] REVIEWS by those like us: 40% Lackluster Crosby musical. NOTES: 1 Upon the film's recent DVD release, DVD Talk praised Crosby and thought Jean was cute, but criticized the plot and called the film "strictly second-run material". 2 Reviewers in 1940 had kind words for Bing and Gloria, but complained about the timeworn storyline. [img][/img] Bing Crosby as Buzz Blackwell Gloria Jean as Patricia Johnson Charles Winninger as Joe Johnson El Brendel as Axel Swenson Allyn Joslyn as Jarvis Johnson Claire Dodd as Brenda Johnson Moroni Olsen as Mr. Blair Nana Bryant as Marian Johnson Donald Woods as Fred Johnson Kathryn Adams as Miss Corbett Blanche Ring as Herself Eddie Leonard as himself Directed by David Butler Produced by David Butler Written by William M. Conselman James V. Kern Story by David Butler Based on Title by Author Music by Charles Previn Cinematography George Robinson Editing by Irene Morra Studio Universal Pictures [img][/img] Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Two friends (Bing Crosby, El Brendel) of an orphan's (Gloria Jean) father take her to New York to find her guardian.
      David Butler
      David Butler
      David Butler, William M. Conselman, James V. Kern
      Original Language
      Release Date (DVD)
      Aug 3, 2010
      1h 34m